Sunday, 18 August 2013

Saving the World with Pysanky at Surrey Museum

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 I had the pleasure of joining my colleagues from Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko (Richmond) and Ukrainian Dulcimer Ensemble (Surrey) at the invitation of Surrey Museum in Cloverdale for its "Discovery Saturday" event celebrating Ukrainian spirit. Program coordinator, Sandra Borger, Public Program Specialist and her capable volunteers showcased a colourful and interactive display of pysanky, music, culture, cuisine, and hands-on activities that enabled patrons to learn about Ukrainian culture and the history of Ukrainian immigrants in the area.

If you're wondering about the huge globe in the forefront of my pysanky display, it's my newest prop to illustrate that as long as pysanky are being made evil shall not prevail over good in the world.

Saving the world one pysanka at a time . . . .
Ethnic clothing from various regions of Ukraine had a prominent display in the lobby.

Shirley Kaspar welcomes a museum patron to the display

Gladys Andreas and her talented troupe performed classic and popular tunes on guitar, dulcimer and accordian.

Ukrainian Dulcimer Ensemble

Ukrainian Community Society displayed books from its collection of classic and contemporary literature, history, culture and art. library.

Val Shevchuk of Ukrainian Community Society

A demonstration of the technique of pysanky is always a popular draw.

Joan Ivanka Brander of Baba's Beeswax

Here is a photo from the Richmond Review on August 21, 2013 taken by Boaz Joseph.
Richmond Review, August 21, 2013

This drop-in activity attracted an enthusiastic audience of all ages. Thank you to everyone for your interest.