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PYSANKA: Guardian of Life
Annual exhibition on display March 22 October 5, 2014 (extended)
New York City, March 14, 2014 The spell of spring with its promise of renewal and rebirth ushers in the season for Easter traditions and the making of pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs). The month of March begins at The Ukrainian Museum with an exhibition of nearly 300 pysanky, and continues with a line up of workshops on pysanka decorating, a demonstration of this art form, and a baking class in Easter breads.
Pysanky, the unique Ukrainian Easter eggs known the world over for their intricate, colorful designs will be on display starting March 22, 2014. Drawn from the Museum's extensive folk arts collection, the nearly 300 eggs are decorated in a variety of regional styles, rich colors, and assorted motifs; many are the work of acclaimed artist Sofika Zielyk. The hand-crafted pysanky are made using raw eggs, dyes, and beeswax in a wax-resist technique, similar to the batik method used on cloth. The process results in colorful eggs ornamented with an array of detailed geometric, floral, and faunistic symbols.
The art of creating Ukrainian pysanky (from the word pysaty to write) has been handed down from generation to generation. This ancient art form is taught in workshops being offered by the Museum on Saturdays and Sundays, March 23April 12. Adults and children over 12 learn the art the traditional way, and take their creations home. This year, on April 6, the Museum is offering a master class for adults with 2 or more years of experience making pysanky. A special workshop just for families with children ages 512 is scheduled on April 13. (Dates and fees listed below).
For one day only on April 12 visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to watch artists in action as they create beautiful pysanky. In addition to the demonstrations, the award-winning short film Pysanka by Slavko Nowytski will be shown continuously from 15 p.m.
The Ukrainian Easter Traditions workshop on April 5, for students age 16 and older, offers hands-on training in baking Easter breads and other traditions related to the holiday.
Pre-registration is required for some workshops. Call 212-228-0110 to book a seat. Museum members receive discounted rates.
March 23April 12 (pre-registration required)
Saturday, April 5 (pre-registration required)
Saturday, April 12 (registration not required)
Sunday, April 13, 1:303:30 p.m. (walk-ins welcome!)
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