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Symbolic Forms Of  Ukrainian Tradition,

Works by  David  Melnychuk

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Admirers of all things beautiful will be drawn to this new exhibit offered by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch. You are invited to the exhibit opening at 7 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 at 620 Spadina Avenue in Toronto.

ANCIENT * CONTEMPORARY will feature Dave Melnychuk's paintings, drawings. computer graghics, embroidery, decorated Easter eggs (pysanky), paper printing and furniture, but these are just the tip of the iceberg.

The museum has transported much of Mr. Melnychuk's home to 620 Spadina Avenue. Visitors will be surrounded by everyday items made joyful by Dave's artistic hands.

Every drawing is framed in hand-carved wood. Glass cylinders filled with intricate pysanky sit on shelves carved specifically for them. A huge, elaborately decorated dowry trunk holds most of Mr. Melynchuk's art supplies. From his closets, there are coats, jackets,  and satchels adorned with woolen embroidery and leather appliques and grommets.  A variety of sorochky (shirts) are embroidered and assembled by hand using patterns and methods traditionally employed in the region of his grandparent's ancestral village.

The artist brings traditional Ukrainian methods and designs to make both hand-made and store-bought attire personal and intimate. Even his household furniture- bookshelves, end tables and work table- are examples of how he has addressed the basic human need for beauty. This traditional approach to life incorporates art and craft in everything he does and makes.

Says the artist, "I want to show that through art and craft our ancestors intentionally and joyfully participated in all of life, making it as beautiful and meaningful as possible, and that the symbolism used was a contemplative aid to guide the intellect."

This exhibit runs until February 19, 2017.

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch is open Monday through Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a. m. to 2:00 p.m.

For an appointment outside these hours please contact Tamara at 416-912-3766

 or at tamara@umcontario.com.

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