Exhibitions for winning Sepka premium

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Competitive exhibitions for winning Lionginas Sepka premium

Rokiskis d. municipality and Rokiskis area museum having a target to immortalize remembrance of the most famous “Godmaker” of XX c. – Lionginas Sepka (1907 – 1985) have been organizing republic competitive exhibitions of wood whittlers for remembering Lionginas Sepka since 1994. These competitive exhibitions are already starting to count the second decade. This is a rear event in the cultural life of the republic. Using finances of region municipality, work of area museum and support of generous supporters, event has found its niche in Lithuanian culture.

Conditions for participating in the exhibition:

Lithuanian wood whittlers participate in the exhibitions no matter whether they are the members of Lithuanian folk artists union, or not.

Whittler has to bring not less than 5 and not more than 10 his works created during the last 2 years until the 6th of September.

Arts and crafts type whittlings are not acceptable for the exhibition.
Participator of the exhibition tenders his biography and picture.

Participation right is also being given for laureates of previous Lionginas Sepka premium since 2008, if not less than 5 years have passed from naming of the laureate.     

Next exhibition will take a place on the 15th of September 2012.

 21 whittlers participated in the exhibition in 1994. The majority of whittlers came from Birzai and Rokiskis –4, from Anyksciai and Svencionys –2. Other regions have one artist each. Vanda Briediene from Birzai d. and Robertas Matulionis from Vilnius became laureates. Ruta Kavaliauskiene from Plunge, Algirdas Juskevicius from Varena, Juozas Jakstas from Svencionys, Eglunas Zidonis from Utena became prizemen.
15 whittlers participated in the exhibition in 1995. 2 whittlers came from Birzai, Kaunas, Utena, one came from other regions. Vilnius citizen Ipolitas Uzkurnys became a laureate. Rimante Butkuve from Kaunas, Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d., Antanas Jusevicius from Kaunas, Robertas Zaliukas from Rokiskis d. became the prizemen.
17 authors with 138 works participated in the exhibition in 1996. 3 whittlers came from Utena, 2 came from Birzai, Kupiskis and Silale. Antanas Jusevicius from Kaunas became a laureate. Anele Araminiene from Utena d., Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d., Juozas Kisunas from Vilnius, Henrikas Orakauskas from Kupiskis, Leonas Perekslis from Kupiskis, Vytautas Ulevicius from Kedainiai d. became prizemen.

Scientific conference derived for 90th birth anniversary of Lioginas Sepka and competitive exhibition took place in 1997. 28 whittlers with 240 whittlings of various thematic participated there. The majority of whittlers came from Utena – 6, 3 - from Rokiskis, 2 - from  Kupiskis. Antanas Sergalis from Sakiai became a laureate. Tauras Cesnulevicius from Druskininkai, Ricardas Palivonas from Rokiskis d., Leonas Perekslis from Kupiskis, Arvydas Petrulis from Panevezys, Jonas Tvardauskas from Anyksciai, Vanda Umbrasiene from Elektrenai, Henrikas Zakarevicius from Utena became prizemen.
38 whittlers with 300 works participated in exhibition in 1998. Even 7 whittlers came from Utena, 5 – from Silale, 3 – from Ignalina, Telsiai, Kupiskis, 2 – from Birzai, Kaisiadorys, Rokiskis. Arvydas Petrulis from Panevezys became a laureate. Anele Araminiene from Utena d., Feliksas Baronas from Kupiskis, Pranas Duzinskas from Telsiai, Vytautas Jackunas from Pasvalys, Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d., Petras Vytautas Kalpokas from Kaunas, Saulius Lampickas from Alytus, Adolfas Teresius from Kaunas d. became prizemen. Exhibition was visited by more than 3000 visitors.

22 whittlers participated in the exhibition in 1999. The majority of whittlers came from Utena – 4, from Rokiskis, Sirvintos, 3 – from Telsiai, 2 - from Marijampole. Venecijus Jocys from Rokiskis d. and Zenonas Skinkys from Vilkaviskis became laureates. Pranas Duzinskas from Telsiai d., Antanas Lubys from Kretinga, Cecilija Mikulskiene from Mazeikiai, Eglunas Zidonis from Utena, Gintaras Varnas from Rokiskis d., Egidijus Sologubas from Sirvintos, Venecijus Jocys (prize of spectators) from Rokiskis d. became prizemen.
A record number 39 of  whittlers participated in 2000. More than 300 works were tendered for the evaluation commission. Even 20 masters came to the competition for the first time. 4 whittlers came from Utena, Skuodas, Plunge, Telsiai and Kaunas, 3 – from Rokiskis, Kupiskis, Vilnius, 2 – from Alytus, Radviliskis. The youngest participator of the exhibition – 11 years old Dovydas Teresius from Kaunas d., the oldest – Petras Vytautas Kalpokas from Kaunas. He was 80 years old. Whole families participated in competitive exhibition: Adolfas Teresius with 2 sons - Augustinas and Dovydas, Petras Brazauskas with son Liudas, father Edmundas and son Martynas Gaubai, family of Justinas and Regina Jonusai.  Saulius Lampickas from Alytus became a laureate. Jonas Bugailiskis from Vilnius, Martynas Gaubas from Radviliskis, Edmundas Gaubas from Radviliskis Regina Jonusiene from Plunge d., Justinas Jonusas from Plunge, Vytautas Jackunas from Pasvalys, Venecijus Jocys from Rokiskis d., Saulius Lampickas from Alytus, Justinas Sutkaitis from Vilnius, Dovydas Teresius from Kaunas d. became prizemen.
30 whittlers from 17 regions participated in 2001. Most of them came from Plunge – 5, from Sirvintos and Kaunas –3, 2 whittlers - from Rokiskis, Telsiai, Mazeikiai, Radviliskis, Jonava.  The oldest whittler Vincas Zvingila (who was born in1913) from Vilkaviskis, the youngest – brothers Dovydas (born in1989) and Augustinas Teresius (born in 1986)  from Kaunas d. and Laimis Kaziukonis (born in 1986) from Alytus. Adolfas Teresius from Kaunas d. beame a laureate. Vidas Jatulevičius from Birzai d., Pranas Duzinskas from Telsiai, Ruta Kavaliauskiene from Plunge, Laimis Kaziukonis from Alytus, Algirdas Leonas Balna from Kupiskis, Sigitas Jagminas from Telsiai d., Martynas Gaubas from Radviliskis, Dainius Verselis from Utena, Vincas Zvingila from Vilkaviskis became prizemen.
39 whittlers from 18 regions participated in 2002. Most of them came from Plunge and Rokiskis -  5, Birzai – 4, Jonava, Pasvalys, Utena –3, 2 - whittlers from Vilnius, Kaunas, Kupiskis, one  - from Ignalina, Alytus, Marijampole, Elektrenai, Panevezys, Siauliai, Raseiniai and Mazeikiai. 10 whittlers have come to competition for the first time. The oldest whittler – Jakovas Bunka (born in 1923) from Plunge, the youngest – Alytus citizen Laimis Kaziukonis (born in 1986), Mantas Medikis (born in 1986) and Giedrius Ciziunas (born in 1987) from Rokiskis d. Pranas Duzinskas from Telsiai d. became a laureate. Kestutis Krasauskas from Pasvalys d., Vytas Jaugela from Plunge d., Laimis Kaziukonis from Alytus, Gintaras Gaidys from Raseiniai, Vytautas Jackunas from Pasvalys, Vanda Umbrasiene from Elektrenai, Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d., Kazys Striaupa from Plunge, Jonas Grunda from Ignalina, Gediminas Cerniauskas from Plunge, Janina Listvina from Jonava, Anele Araminiene from Utena d., Genadijus Mikuckis from Vilnius became prizemen.
35 whittlers from 15 regions participated in 2003. Most of them came from Kaunas – 6, Plunge – 5, Marijampole – 4, from Jonava, Rokiskis, Kalvarija - 3 whittlers. 12 whittlers participated in the competitive exhibition for the first time. The oldest whittler Regina Jonusiene (born in 1926) from Plunge, and the youngest – Dovydas Teresius (born in 1989) from Kaunas d. 215 works were tendered to exhibition. Ruta Kavaliauskiene from Plunge became a laureate. Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d., Antanas Lastauskas from Marijampole d., Juozas Cepulis from Rokiskis, Laimis Kaziukonis from Alytus, Kazys Striaupa from Plunge d., Jonas Tvardauskas from Anyksciai, Regina Jonusiene from Plunge d., Vytas Jaugela from Plunge d., Gediminas Mikuckis from Vilnius became prizemen.
20 whittlers from 13 regions participated in 2004. Most of them came from Jonava – 3 whittlers, 2 - from Kupiskis, Rokiskis, Plunge and Marijampole d. 7 whittlers participated in the competitive exhibition for the first time. 150 works were tendered to the exhibition. Kazys Striaupa from Plunge d. and Juozas Videika from Jurbarkas became laureates. Saulius Nudas from Telsiai, Vytautas Jackunas from Pasvalys, Juozas Cepulis from Rokiskis, Anele Araminiene from Utena d., Antanas Lastauskas from Marijampole d., Alvydas Seibutis from Utena became prizemen.

24 whittlers from various towns of Lithuania participated in 2005. The oldest participator of the exhibition is Antanas Kniuksta (born in 1922) from Telsiai d. Seven artists presented their whittlings for the first time. About 200 works were tendered to the exhibition. Vidas Jatulevicius from Birzai d. became a laureate. Rimante Butkute from Birstonas, Juozas Cepulis from Rokiskis, Stanislavas Janusas from Panevezys, Regina Jonusiene from Plunge d., Vytas Jaugela from Plunge d., Kazimieras Striaupa from Plunge d., Dovydas Teresius from Kaunas d., Vanda Umbrasiene from Elektrenai, Adolfas Andriejus Valuckis from Kretinga, Edmundas Gaubas from Radviliskis became prizemen.

23 masters from 14 regions participated in 2006. 5 masters have participated in the exhibition for the first time. About 150 works were tendered to the exhibition. Jonas Tvardauskas from Anyksciai became a laureate. Algirdas Juskevicius from Varena, Adolfas Andriejus Valuckis from Kretinga, Algirdas Vladislovas Butkevicius from Birzai, Vytas Jaugela from Plunge d., Janina Listvina from Jonava, Gintaras Varnas from Rokiskis, Antanas Lastauskas from Kalvarija, Pranas Petronis from Vilnius became prizemen.

For the 100th anniversary of Lionginas Sepka in 2007 exhibition of  Lionginas Sepka premium  laureates creative works took a place; commemoration in cemetery of Lebedziai (Pandelys monitory); revelation of G. Varnas sculpture “Life road of L. Sepka “ in Pandelys; visitation of places remembering L. Sepka; celebratory conferment of Lionginas Sepka name for Rokiskis town park; presentation of photo exhibition „Known and unknown Lionginas Sepka“; presentation of book „Known and unknown Lionginas Sepka“; literature composition „Seven suns“ of Panevezys J. Miltinis drama theater (Eleonora Matulaite, Valerijus Jevsejevas).
16 masters from 11 regions participated in 2008. About 130 works were tendered to the exhibition. 2 masters participated in the exhibition for the first time. Saulius Lampickas from Alytus has became a laureate for the second time. Antanas Lastauskas from Kalvarija, Anele Araminiene from Utena d., Sigitas Jagminas from Plunge, Michal Jankovski from Vilnius, Venecijus Jocys from  Rokiskis d., Leonas Perekslis from Kupiskis, Pranas Petronis from Vilnius, Kazys Striaupa from Plunge d. became  prizemen.  

19 masters from 11 regions participated in 2010. Ukmerge citizen Rimantas Zinkevicius, who presented sculpture composition „Immortals of Lithuania’s millennium“ became a laureate. Exhibition of this year was marked with mature works, finished compositions. 9 masters became prizemen of the exhibition. Edmundas Gaubas got sympathies of spectators for admiring size work „Zalgiris –Lithuanians returned“, Anele Araminiene was gifted for sacral theme of the collection, Vitas Vasiliauskas styled unity, Valentas Butkus for collection under ethnographic thematic and debut, Pranas for monumentality of sculptures, Antanas Zatkevicius for debut, Michail Jankovski for bas-relieves, Aleksandras Tarabilda for original decisions in „Requiem“ collection.


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