We are thrilled to invite you to the grand opening of our latest exhibition, “Motanka: Ancient Talisman in Modern Interpretation,” at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. This exhibition, featuring the artworks of Bonnie Conly and Taras Lachowsky, celebrates the symbolic significance, rich history, and colourful expression of the motanka doll. The exhibition promises to be a captivating and culturally enriching experience, and we are delighted to have you join us in our galleries from March 25th, 2024-June 14th, 2024.

Check back on the website for more information coming soon!

About the Artists

Bonnie Conly

The artist Bonnie Conly, who has Ukrainian ancestry, has lived most of her life in Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 territory. Her work investigates themes of place, identity, and immigration. Geography, history, and mythtelling are an integral part of her visual practice. Conly received an honours B.A. in Art Studio and Art History with high honours from the University of Saskatchewan. As part of this exhibition, Bonnie teaches Motanka-making workshops. Her  goal is “to build an army of Montanky across Turtle Island.”

Interested in learning more about the works of Bonnie Conly? Visit her on her website at https://bonnieconly.com/ or on social media at https://www.instagram.com/bonnieconly/.

Taras (Palijh) Lachowsky

As the youngest of ten children born to Ukrainian immigrants, Lachowsky has always harboured a deep fascination with his culture’s history, symbolism, and traditions. Christmas, in particular, held a special allure for him, marked by enchanting dishes, deep rituals, and joyous family gatherings. This festive season seamlessly melded old-world Ukrainian traditions with the vibrancy of the new world.

This cultural tapestry serves as the foundation for Lachowsky’s artwork, where he skillfully integrates various techniques, including Vytynanky (paper cutting), and draws inspiration from the intricate symbols, patterns, and colours of Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg technique) and Vishyvanky (embroidery), resulting in visually captivating graphic works.

Through his art, Lachowsky aspires to illuminate the rich and illustrious history of Ukraine for a wider audience. He endeavours to spark engagement and foster dialogue, inviting viewers to delve into and discuss the multifaceted heritage of Ukraine.

Interested in learning more about Taras Lachowsky? Visit him on social media at https://www.instagram.com/theukrainianpagan/.

Oseredok looks forward to welcoming you in our gallery from Monday to Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM, beginning on March 25th, 2024!

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