2019 Pysanka Exhibition: A Juried Art Show of Pysanka Artistry

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch is proud to present a four-day JURIED
PYSANKA EXHIBITION at St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave., Toronto, from June 13-16, 2019, celebrating both the traditional pysanka and the evolution of pysanka artistry.
Within the Ukrainian community, pysankarstvo (the art of writing Easter eggs) is typically a seasonal tradition, but within the broader arts community, it has evolved into a fine art form, allowing for exponential creativity on a unique three-dimensional canvas — the egg!

Our Pysanka Exhibition, the first of its kind for the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch, is an opportunity for pysanka artists to showcase their innovation and creativity, and will expose the public to many new pysanka artists and styles. As Canadians of Ukrainian descent, the Museum is very proud to see a folk art rooted in our heritage evolve into an art form with such diverse creative and technical possibilities.

On display are 46 works from 24 North American artists. The entries in this collection represent several techniques and media: traditional wax-resist method, acid-etched, raised-wax, carved, painted, washed, and mixed technique. Artistic styles vary from traditional folk motifs to fairy tales and biblical themes; designs rooted in ancient Trypillian civilization or inspired by African and Native arts, stained glass and fine porcelain.
Ten different types of eggs are presented in this exhibition, ranging from parakeet to ostrich, and even dark green emu eggs. A panel of five esteemed arts professionals will adjudicate and monetary awards will be presented to the creators of the highest ranking pysanky in each category.

The Exhibition is open to the public and free to attend. An awards ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00pm ($10 admission fee, includes light refreshments). We encourage visitors to vote for their favourite pysanky in-person at 620 Spadina Avenue, or online at www.facebook.com/umcontario for the People’s Choice Award in each category. Voting closes at 5:00pm EST on Saturday June 15, 2019.

This event takes place during Pysanky Toronto 2019 – a four-day pysanka workshop hosted by Ukrainian EggCessories and St. Vladimir Institute, drawing 80 remarkable pysanka artists from across Canada, the US and Europe. The Museum will host a pop-up shop selling these artists’ works and pysanka supplies during this time, and inspired visitors can try their hand at making their own pysanky at a drop-in Pysanka Workshop with Folk Camp on Saturday, June 15.

Exhibition Hours:
Thursday June 13 & Friday June 14, 2019 – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16, 2019 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Free (donations welcome)

Awards Ceremony:
Saturday June 15, 2019 – 7:00pm
Admission $10 (light refreshments will be served)

In person: St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Online: www.facebook.com/umcontario
Thursday June 13, 10:00am EST – Saturday June 15, 5:00pm EST

Pysanka Workshop by Folk Camp
Saturday, June 15 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Pop-up Shop & Pysanka Sales
Thursday June 13 & Friday June 14, 2019 – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16, 2019 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited
Ukrainian EggCessories
St. Vladimir Institute
Pysanky Toronto 2019

About the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch:
The Ontario branch of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada was established in 1944, and moved to its current location within St. Vladimir Institute in 1979. The Museum houses more than 5,000 artifacts – predominantly textiles – that have been collected, researched, documented, photographed and preserved to professional museum standards by its dedicated volunteers. For its exhibitions, the Museum draws on its own collections, as well as artifacts from community members and other institutions. The Museum’s gift shop offers Ukrainian themed collectables, handmade items, cookbooks, greeting cards, CDs and exhibition souvenirs.

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch is a registered not-for-profit organization, charitable number 885921817RR0001.
Website: www.umcontario.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/umcontario

St. Vladimir Institute has been a pre-eminent centre of Ukrainian community life in the heart of Toronto since 1963. Located at 620 Spadina Avenue, adjacent to the University of Toronto campus, St.Vladimir Institute is a post-secondary student residence, cultural centre, and home to several Ukrainian Canadian organizations.
Facilities include a theatre, library, event space and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch.
Website: www.stvladimir.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StVladimirInstitute

For more information, please contact:
Tamara Ivanochko, Administrator
The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch
620 Spadina Avenue (south of Harbord Avenue)
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2H4
e: museum@umcontario.com
t: 416.923.9861

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