The Ukrainian Art Center, Inc (UAC) of Los Angeles is proud to announce our first Ukrainian Art Workshop: Pysanky 101. The first of many traditional and folk art video series to come!
Featuring Master Artists: Linda Mudlo & Natalie Orlins Gebet
Pysanky is one of Ukraine’s most beloved and recognizable folk art. Our mid April launch falls between American Easter and Ukrainan Easter (Eastern Rite Catholic and Orthodox).
Preservation and accessibility is important to us to keep the cultural and traditional arts alive!
We hope you help us spread the word by “Liking”, “Commenting” and Sharing our FREE Workshop video!
Available now for the next 30 days!
Our online workshops will dive deeper into popular Ukrainian art and practices with intermediate and advanced classes as well.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on how to become a member!
This will be an exclusive offer to join an online community with others, learn from master artists, have direct contact with master artists, share tips, art, education and more!
Good luck to @Anna Short Film for their run this award season!
Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to a party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.
ANNA was shortlisted for a BAFTA and won Best British Short at the 22nd British Independent Film Awards. It was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.
The month of November is a somber time for Ukrainians around the world as they commemorate the 1932-33 famine-genocide – Holodomor. Murder by starvation is the literal translation from Ukrainian and depicts the horror inflicted by Stalin and his government officials on men, women and children in a deliberate political policy of extermination. This was not a famine caused by natural factors – food was available. Yet Stalin ordered that all foodstuff and grain be expropriated in order to carry out rapid industrialization and to destroy the will of a nationally conscious Ukrainian peasantry. Millions of Ukrainians died of starvation while millions more were victims of Stalin’s bloody years of purges and repressions.
This year marks the 87th anniversary of this tragedy, occurring at a time when people worldwide are suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands dying and falling ill. Even in the midst of these very difficult times, the horrors of the past cannot be forgotten. To honour the victims of the Holodomor, a virtual slideshow depicting 26 mixed- media artworks of Houston-based Ukrainian-American artist Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, replaces an on-site exhibit.
The artworks featured are striking, compelling and filled with an anguish that roots viewers even if one wishes to avert their eyes. This is precisely the artist’s intent – we must look in order to honour the victims and to acknowledge the past so that we can move on. Throughout, titles provide clues to the meanings and symbolism of her work. The exhibit opens with Death: A Common Sight in Ukraine and captures the situation where villagers were starved by the millions while the Soviet government sold tons of confiscated grain to the West. Passports were not issued, and no one was allowed to leave. Photocopied and collaged into the lower right-hand corner of the artwork is a photo image of a corpse lying unburied in a farming field. Another Crucifixion depicts a Holodomor child upon an iconographic Christian cross. The child’s image is copied from a historical archival photograph. Throughout, the artist’s use of varied materials adds even more layers of meaning as three concerns remain constant in her artwork: the use of collage or assemblage (three-dimensional pieces), using text and narratives, and images of nature which are usually superimposed over the collage.
When Ms. Bodnar-Balahutrak first visited her ancestral homeland in 1991, she stated that her eyes and soul were opened to a land that was beautiful but ravaged by the Soviet regime. The people were long-suffering yet hopeful – the culture was rich but sabotaged. Years of Soviet oppression had left their mark and were visible everywhere. Mass graves were being uncovered, revealing horrific historical events long denied by the Soviet government. This new knowledge of so many innocent victims did not pull her down into despair but rather created an urgent need to tell their stories – which was also her story. Not only did this travel experience change her world view, it also changed her approach to art making. She states: “My art of loss and remembrance responds to the genocide waged by the Soviet regime against the Ukrainian nation and reflects my ancestral roots. Millions perished in Stalin’s orchestrated 1932-33 famine in Ukraine. Merging Holodomor victims’ images with icon conceits, I honour them.”
On June 9, 2019, Ukrainian Art Center was pleased to present the Southern California Premier of the lm JULIA BLUE, which is a love story set in modern day, post-revolutionary Ukraine between Julia, an idealist student activist and wounded soldier fresh from the war-front. UAC will also hosted a very special post premier Question & Answer session with writer/director RoxyToporowych and producer Nilou Sa nya.
On Sunday, April 7th, the Annual Pysanka Festival was held at the Ukrainian Culture Center in Los Angeles. It was by far one of the most successful and well-attended events.
Also participating were representatives from the City. Angie Aramayo from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office presented certificates to Walt Zozula, President of U.C.C. and Daria Chaikovsky, President of U.A.C.. Mitch O’Farrell, District 13 Councilmember together with his Field Deputy George Hakopians were in attendance and presented their beautifully designed certificates as well as financially supporting Pysanka by providing tables for all the vendors. Mr. O’Farrell was very impressed by the spirited performances, all the unique vendors and the diverse cultural attendance. U.A.C. also received a certificate of commendation from Supervisor Sheila Kuehl delivered personally by her Field Officer Fernando Morales. Also in attendance was Jenny Amaya from Promise Zone Arts who shared with all the Promise Zone Cultural Treasures Program. U.A.C. is one of the selectees designated as a Cultural Treasure for 2019.
We were revisited by John Palance with his wife and beautiful daughter Ivanna. John was presented a special gift of an extraordinary goose Pysanka from Ukraine as a token of our affection and appreciation for their support.
The Pysanka Festival was a joint effort between Ukrainian Art Center and Ukrainian Culture Center, with the financial support of ACTA (Alliance for California Traditional Arts) - which provided a grant for our Pysanka Workshop in the capable hands of our Master Artist Adriana Wrzesniewski. Jennifer Jameson from ACTA came and was introduced to the pysanka art process. The U.A.C. workshop was attended by participants of all ages. This was the first of four workshops being funded by ACTA. The next three will include Embroidery, Straw Arts, and Culinary Arts. Dates will be announced in the near future, or you can request info and register with U.A.C.
Pysanka Festival was a team effort – those that came forward to commit many hours of their precious time. THANK YOU ALL!
On March 3rd, 2019, we celebrated famed actor and proud Ukrainian Jack Palance! We were honored to have his brother John Palance and his daughter help us celebrate with amazing stories of Jack’s life and career.
Thank you to all that attended! Thank you to the UAC team and congratulations on working so hard to create this wonderful show. A special thank you to our MC- George Wihinny for all his work and details to pull all this off! We all deserve a little break and then very shortly we will jump back in and start working on our next project!
No matter what language, Kvitka’s music reached all barriers! If you enjoyed a jingle or two back in the ‘80’s or hummed along to You Light Up My Life and just enjoy fascinating background on musicians and singers, come on over! We will have light refreshments as part of your entrance fee. We will also have a raffle! Come help support the Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles !
Thank you to everyone that attended the UAC’s Tribute to Kvitka Cisyk! It was a wonderful turnout and support! I have to say that the event was just beautiful! Thank you to all that performed ! Just beautiful. The videos were amazing and touching. It truly brought a tear to my eye... I am so proud to be part of this organization and to be able to help to put together a beautiful and meaningful event!
The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Culture Center would like to congratulate the board, members, and volunteers of the Ukrainian Art Center for their successful production of Majestic Woman - Lesia Ukraine.
It has been over 50 years since Ukrainian national poet Lesia Ukrainka has been honored at the Ukrainian Culture Center and yesterday's program was absolutely magnificent and truly worthy to be called a Hollywood production.
UCC would also like to extend a very heartfelt warm congratulations to the Director of the Ukrainian Art Center Daria Chaikovsky along with Artistic Directors Asya Gorska and Victoria Kusina who spearheaded this effort and whose creativity and vision made the production a reality.
The combined use of film, dance, poetry readings, and a live actress to portray Lesia proved to be phenomenally successful as the attendees felt they were transported back in time to the 1900's as the poems came to life to unfold and tell the story of Lesia's short but tumultuous life.
The Ukraine Culture Center and others in Southern California will look forward to other productions by the Ukrainian Art Center celebrating other artists.
Check out this great video of the IYF Cultural Fair 2017! We had the pleasure to represent Ukraine and join other countries in sharing our culture and traditions with each other and the Los Angeles community. Sponsored and organized by the International Youth Fellowship, visitors were able to travel the world in one day.