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Taras H. Shevchenko
Museum & Memorial
Park Foundation

1614 Bloor St. West
Toronto Ontario
M6P 1A7
Tel: 416-534-8662
Fax: 416-535-1063

 

Ukrainian Folk Tapestry Exhibit
Exhibition of Taras Shevchenko Engravings
Shevchenko Bicentenial Exhibition
Hedy Catherina Scambia Art Show
Kosiv Ceramics
Mary Skrypnyk, Celebration of Life
Kosa Kolectiv: Culminating Art Show and Sale
Fine Art by Ukrainian Artists
Larissa Soushko Art Exhibition
Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's Death
Taras Shevchenko Death Mask
Taras Shevchenko Art
Shevchenko in Philately
"Portraits of a Genius"
"Highlights of Shevchenko's Life"


Past exhibitions

MATCHSTICK EMBROIDERY BY MARIAN VARKHOLIK exhibit

May 18 - June 22, 2018


Opening reception: Friday, May 18 @ 6:30 pm at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor St West, Toronto.

The Artist will demonstrate his amazing technique of working with matchsticks to create art. Admission Free-Donations Appreciated.

 

   matchstick work

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On February 4, 2018, the Taras Shevchenko Museum unveiled a plaque honouring William Harasym, former director and dedicated volunteer, who passed away on January 26, 2017.

In 1995, with the relocation of the Shevchenko Museum to Toronto, Bill became actively involved in directing the work of the Museum Board - applying his energy and practical skills to improvement and maintenance of the building as well as to curation of collections and exhibits.

As President and long-time volunteer, for almost 20 years he tirelessly welcomed and educated the public.  An inspiration to the board members, visitors, friends and supporters and a driving force behind the success of the Museum, over the years, Bill generously shared his vision while always remaining true to his principles of honesty, fairness and compassion.

A veritable fount of knowledge about our history and culture, and a role model for leadership, Bill was a generous donor, humanist, mentor, wise advisor and good friend. A passionate admirer of Taras Shevchenko, he devoted his time and energy to spreading the word about the Great Bard of Ukraine’s fascinating life and works, thereby sensitizing people to the universal struggle for personal, social and national freedom.  Additionally, he generously shared with the public, countless stories about the thousands of early Ukrainian pioneers who immigrated to Canada in search of a better life.

Bill’s memory will live on within the walls of this Museum to which he dedicated his passion, enthusiasm, expertise, and knowledge.  And he will always live on in our hearts.

The image of Bill on the commemorative plaque is taken from a photograph by his son, Terry Harasym.

 

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REFLECTIONS / ВІДЗЕРКАЛЕННЯ
Pastels by Roksolyana Pidhainy-Benoit, Exhibition & Sale

October 28 - December 15, 2017

The Taras Shevchenko Museum is pleased to launch its sixty-fifth season with REFLECTIONS - an exhibition of pastels by Roksolyana Pidhainy-Benoit. Opening on Saturday, October 28 at 3:30 pm, it will run until December 15, 2017. The artist, for whom this is a first solo show in Canada, will be present. Refreshments served.

Born in Toronto, Roksolyana spent her childhood years in both Canada and the United States where her father, a professor of Ukrainian history, taught in various universities. From early on, under his influence, a profound love for Ukraine grew within her, and she reflects that love of her heritage through the use of Ukrainian symbols in her artwork. Sacred themes of family, home, hearth, and the bond between mothers and daughters all figure prominently as she creates a compelling blend of the intellectual-historical traditions of her father with the emotional, at-home traditions of her mother.

Created between 1997 and 2017, REFLECTIONS will feature pastel portraits and still-life compositions influenced both by her Ukrainian culture and her admiration of the great masters – Rembrandt, Cezanne, and Degas. An additional source of inspiration in her art is the story of Roksolyana, the young Ukrainian woman captured by the Turks in the 16th century, who went on to become a beloved wife of and key adviser to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

Exuding great energy, Roksolyana Pidhainy-Benoit bravely transfers her innermost emotions on to paper. “My first love and abiding passion is portraiture”, says the artist. “A portrait is a window into the state and the soul, a dance between the artist and the subject. Are they always pretty? I'm searching for that beauty that is truth.”

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and a member of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada, Roksolyana has participated in various group shows and her works are located in private collections across Canada and the USA.

The exhibition will continue until December 15, 2017. Gallery hours: Mon-Wed, Fri 10am - 4pm; Thurs 12-7pm, weekends and holidays by appointment. Although admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated. EVERYONE WELCOME!

“Reflections” exhibition and sale by Roksolyana Pidhainy-Benoit - Article by Ayah Victoria McKhail

   


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PROMISED LAND - 125 YEARS OF UKRAINIANS IN CANADA EXHIBIT
September 11 - November 30, 2016

On Sunday September 11, 2016, the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto will host PROMISED LAND, an exhibit commemorating 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

The Museum will present original works, reflecting Ukrainian Canadian life, by artists Oleh Lesiuk, Pavlo Lopata, Odarka Kish, Andrij Babytsch, Maria Styranka, Peter Shostak, Orest Sawchuk, Roksolyana Pidhainy, Zoya Vasyliychuk, Ivan Lazirko, and Jeanette Lodoen. Some art works will be available for sale. An extensive collection of archival photographs depicting various aspects of early Ukrainian pioneer life in Canada along with old farming, mining, and building tools, furniture, clothing, and documents will also be on display. A documentary on William Kurelek will be shown in the Museum library. Opening remarks will be delivered by Andrew Gregorovich.

The opening to be held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (East of Keele), is on Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 pm with a wine-and-cheese reception and will run to November 30, 2016.  Although admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

   

Ukrainian Immigrants Arriving to Quebec, photo courtesy of Public Archives of Canada.

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Ukrainian Folk Exhibit at Aga Khan Museum, April 23 & 24, 2016

  

The Taras Shevchenko Museum presented a Ukrainian Folk Exhibit during DakhaBrakha Ukrainian music group performance at Aga Khan Museum Theatre on April 23 and 24, 2016.

DakhaBrakha - Showcase Performance
Saturday, April 23, 8 pm Tickets starting at $50 adults, $40.50 students/seniors. 10% off for members! This self-described “ethnic chaos” band took the Aga Khan Museum stage by storm in October 2014. Don’t miss what promises to be another utterly original performance!

DakhaBrakha Presentation of Earth — Film Screening & Performance
Sunday, April 24, 3 pm Tickets starting at $40 adults, $32 students/seniors. 10% off for members! Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent film Earth (1930) has long been recognized — alongside Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov — as one of the great Soviet-era films. Experience its power with a score performed live by DakhaBrakha in this Toronto premiere!




   
Ukrainian Folk Tapestry Exhibit, November 1 - December 30, 2015



On Sunday November 1, lovers of traditional handicrafts had the opportunity to attend the opening of a Ukrainian Folk-Tapestry Exhibit, hosted by the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto. Passed on from generation to generation, the art of weaving, one of the oldest-known forms of textile production, was widely practiced among Ukrainians. Working on vertical and horizontal looms, weavers manipulated colourful wool, flax, hemp, and cottons yarns to create kilims (rugs), hangings, furniture-covers, runners, ritual towels, garments, and accessories. These objects of incomparable beauty, incorporatedby Ukrainians into their daily lives, performed numerous practical, utilitarian, social, ceremonial and purely decorative functions. Woven cloth embellished and insulated the interior of the home, figured prominently in celebrations, rituals and rites of passage, denoted social standing, and protected the wearer from the elements as well as from evil spirits.
On display, at the Shevchenko Museum, were early to middle 20th century examples of folk tapestry-woven artifacts based on Ukrainian traditional designs. The exhibit opened on Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 pm with a wine-and-village-style reception and run to December 15, 2015. Opening remarks were delivered by Larissa Stavroff. Entertainment were provided by “KalynDar” – Ukrainian Village Voices. And for those who wanted to practice tapestry-weaving skills, a textile artist was on hand to guide it.

Admission: Pay What You Can.

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Ukrainian Folk Art Exhibit and Kosa Kolektiv and KalynDar End of the Winter Concert, February 12, 2015 at 7 pm



Ukrainian Folk Art Exhibit will open at the Museum's Art Gallery on February 12 at 7 pm. Ukrainian Ethnic Groups Kosa Kolektiv and KalynDar will hold the End of the Winter Concert during the exhibit opening. Taras Shevchenko Museum (2nd Floor), 1614 Bloor Street West Toronto. Ukrainian folk songs of the winter season (Kolyada) and other folk songs will be performed.

Light refreshment will be served.

Admission: Pay What You Can.  Enjoy beautiful art at the Museum. Everyone is invited!

Tel: 416-534-8662. 416-276-1883; 

www.infoukes.com/shevchenkomuseum; www.kosakolektiv.com;

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Exhibition of Taras Shevchenko Engravings, June 12 - July 30, 2014

In Kyiv

Taras Shevchenko.
In Kyiv. 1844. Etching

Exhibition of Taras Shevchenko's engravings will be held in the Museum Gallery starting June 12. Etchings will be on display till July 30, 2014. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8 pm;

 



Shevchenko Bicentenial Exhibition, March 8- May 30, 2014

Taras Shevchenko bicentenial exhibition opened in the Shevchenko Museum on March 8, 2014. It is designed in a form of 30 12" x 18" panels and can be a traveling exhibit.

The exhibition to be held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (East of Keele), begins with an opening reception at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 8, and will continue until May 30, 2014. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8 pm;

To see exhibit.

To order an exhibit please call 416-534-8662 or email: shevchenkomuseum@bellnet.ca


Hedy Scambia Art Show, October 20 - November 30, 2013

On October 20 2013, at the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto, art lovers will be offered the opportunity to view a solo exhibition of floral paintings by Hedy Catherina Scambia. Born in Austria, trained in Vienna Academy of Art, Hedy has many passions besides floral art that accompany her life. Among them are sculpting, graphic art and fashion design. When painting in watercolor, her favorite subjects are floral and still life. "I come alive when I see flowers, they are so happy, they bring smile to my face," Hedy says. Expressing  her joy of life through her work, Hedy gives her form and perspective to her beloved flowers.Lilacs look alive and ready to perfume the air, irises are waiting to be picked off the painting, and the happy faces of daisies gloxinia look like they will brighten the darkest day. Today Hedy's paintings are in many private and corporate collections in Canada, United States, Austria and Germany.

The exhibition to be held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (East of Keele), begins with an opening reception at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 20, and will continue until November 30, 2013. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8 pm;




Kosiv Ceramics, September 1 - 30, 2013

Taras Shevchenko Museum will display Kosiv Ceramics exhibition in the Runnymede Branch of Toronto Public Library from September 1 to 30, 2013.

At the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine there is a nice city – Kosiv, which surroundings are rich in clay. Pottery has been developing there since ancient times. Artisans have produced pots, jugs, bowls, and mugs – all the necessary home equipment. Crafts the way we know them today emerged in the late 18th century and now have become a unique phenomenon of Hutsul Ceramics. Pottery was decorated with pictures of various kinds: stylized images of flowers, trees, animals (horses, deer, bears, birds), of various human types (hunters, warriors, postmen, musicians, etc.) and of Saints (often St. George and St. Nicholas). Kosiv ceramics is an important part of the Ukrainian national art, which is well known and highly-valued all over the world.





Mary Skrypnyk, Celebration of Life, December 9, 2012

Mary Skrypnyk
Celebration of Mary Skrypnyk's Life will take place at 12 noon on December 9, 2012 at the AUUC Cultural Centre, 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

 On May 27, 2012, Mary Skrypnyk passed away.
A pioneer first generation  Ukrainian Canadian, a progressive self-educated social activist through perseverance and labour, Mary Skrypnyk became a competent editor and journalist, a poet and was an internationally recognized and celebrated translator of Ukrainian folk and classic literature into English. That was her priceless contribution to the origins and development of Canada's unique and democratic multicultural policy. Read more ...




Kosa Kolectiv: Culminating Art Show and Sale, October 26 - November 1, 2012

Kosa Kolectiv
Culminating Art Show and Sale of the Artist Exchange Project
 Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor St W, Toronto
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26th  7:30pm
Hours: Fri 7:30 -10pm  Sat. Sun. 12-4pm  Mon-Thurs Nov 1st 10-4pm

Come to celebrate the accomplishments of our workshop participants and to mingle with fellow art lovers, the artists, and their friends and families. Enjoy "kanapky" and “drinky” to the sound of Yura Rafaliuk’s tsymbaly and Ukrainian song, as well as the more contemporary vocals of local singer-songwriter Ada Dahli.

http://kosakolektiv.com/


Fine Art by Ukrainian Artists, April 1 - May 31, 2012

Before the Thunderstorm, M. Varinnya

Shevchenko Museum presents an exhibition of fine art by contemporary Ukrainian artists.

On display are oils and watercolours of A. Yakushenko, F. Konovalev, M. Varinnya, Y. Boutchma, Y. Kravets, V/ Ovsak, V/ Krasiokha, O. Khomenko, H. Matsekhora, M. Malynka, M. Hlushchenko.

Reception - April 1, 2012 at 2 pm.



Larissa Soushko Art Exhibition, October 29 - December 30, 2011

Shevchenko Museum was proud to present a Larissa Soushko Art Exhibition.

Larissa Soushko is an architect, an artist and a poet. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions in Ukraine, where she grew up, in Russia, where she studied and worked for many years, in the United States, and in Canada, where she lives now. Her works reside in many private collections in Europe and North America. Her current series presents landscapes with a warm, delicate atmosphere, where human presence is felt, but not seen. Lyricism and emotionality are seen in spontaneity of strokes, fresh compositions and harmoniously matched colors. Larissa published five books of poetry in the former Soviet Union, where she lived for most of her life.

Artist's reception - October 29, 2011 at 4 pm.



Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's Death
March 2 - June 1, 2011


On March 10, 2011 all Ukrainian community marked 150th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's death.

The exhibition "Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's Death" was opened in the Museum on March 2, 2011. The exhibition will continue until June 1, 2011. Exhibits related to Taras Shevchenko's last years, funeral, re-burial, as well as his death mask are on display. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays by appointment. Although admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.



Roger Golden. Exhibition of Sculpture.
September 12 - October 29, 2010


Roger Golden is a member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada. His works have been exhibited in various art galleries and museums of Toronto in group and solo sculpture shows, as well as in public spaces. Roger Golden's subject is the human form, and he focuses on people who live outside the mainstream. Roger's art works are figurative, intensely personal and highly emotional.

The exhibition opening to be held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (East of Keele), begins with an opening reception at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 12, and will continue until October 29, 2010. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays by appointment. Although admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.



"A Point of View"
An Art Exhibition by Oryst Sawchuk
September 20, 2009 - March 10, 2010


The Shevchenko Museum was pleased to present the art exhibition "A Point of View" by Oryst Sawchuk. An architect by profession, Sudbury resident Oryst Sawchuk is also an artist, a musician, a businessman, and a community leader.

Oryst Sawchuk dabbled in art from childhood. He studied sculpture, painting and printmaking at the University of Manitoba, where he received his Master of Architecture. In 1970 he was honoured with membership in the prestigious Society of Artists. He is chair of the Sudbury's heritage advisory committee. He is one of the few Sudburians whose name is listed in Canada's Who's Who.

Oryst Sawchuk's art is impressive for its humanism and warmth in depicting the community and its environment realistically. "An artist must be involved in social reality - he can reflect on it", says Oryst. That is why viewers can see a part of us in every picture. Read more...

Jerry Prociw
"Inspiration of a Free Spirit"

September 21 - November 23, 2008

From September 21 to November 23, 2008, at the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto, art lovers were offered the rare opportunity to view a retrospective of avant grade works by an artist much ahead of his time.
On the twenty-first anniversary of Jerry's untimely death, his wife Marie and his son Ellay presented "Inspiration of a Free Spirit" - an exhibition of art by Jerry Prociw. Press Release.

The exhibit was held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (between Dundas West and Keele Subway stations) began with wine-and-cheese reception at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2008.
The exhibition was open for the public Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weekends and holidays by appointment only. Admission was free, although donations in support of the work of the museum were gratefully appreciated. Photo Gallery. "Inspiration of a Free Spirit"- article by Bill Hrynchak.


Exhibition of Taras Shevchenko's Art

The opening of the exhibition was on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 2 p.m. with coffee and sweets reception. Shevchenko art works in oil, pencil, watercolour, engraving, Shevchenko philatelic collection and many unique, one-of-a-kind exhibits are on display. This event ws supported by the Noble Institution for Environment Peace, based on University of Toronto. See the Flyer.


Taras Shevchenko Death Mask

The death mask is the only item that was rescued from fire that destroyed previous museum in 1988. The original death mask of Taras Shevchenko (the mold) was made by the sculptor Klodt and is now located in the National Museum of Shevchenko in Kyiv, Ukraine. The copy that the Taras Shevchenko Museum and Memorial Park Foundation posesses was donated by the Ukrainian government. It was shipped to Canada in 1952 through society "Ukraina", the Ukrainian government agency to support Ukrainian cultural institutions abroad.

To preserve the unique exhibit and make it available for a wider audience, the Shevchenko Museum commisiioned Arius3D, Mississauga-based digital imaging company, to digitize the mask. Arius3D creates digital imaging solutions that enable organizations to research, present, and share unique physical objects in digital form. The Arius3D three-dimensional color scanners and the Pointstream imaging software support wide ranging applications in culture and heritage, research, education, and entertainment. Photo Gallery.

Click on the image to see the short movie or see it on youtube.

To see the movie you need to have a Quick Time player. It is free to download it from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/



"Portraits of a Genius"


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Portrait of Shevchenko
Wood Carving
At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2006, a wine and cheese reception launched a new art exhibition, "Portraits of a Genius".

This unique exhibition features portraits of Taras Shevchenko, 1814-1861, renowned Ukrainian poet, artist and humanist with self-portraits and his portraits by other artists in many genres: oils, watercolours, drawings and graphics, marquetry, wood burning and embroidery, all of artistic merit.

Visitors are also welcome to view the permanent exhibits that include rare one-of-a-kind items and the very extensive Shevchenkiana Research Library which includes many copies of Shevchenko's poetry and prose, over 120 editions of his immortal "Zapovit" ("Testament"), and a wide range of academic essays, commentaries, articles and reference work.

Because we are non-profit, your donation will be much appreciated.

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"Highlights of Shevchenko's life"

Twenty-two Ukrainian artists illustrate significant events in Shevchenko's life and interpret a selection of his poetry with 25 artist's copies of lithographs and engravings. Also featured is a copy of Shevchenko's outstanding 1860 lithograph "Self-Portrait With a Candle". Included in the exhibition are two table-top board exhibits; "Selected Poetry by Taras Shevchenko", (12 items), and "In Praise of Shevchenko", (14 items) - both in English. Also, two albums of his art are on display and available for visitor's viewing.

A reception opened the exhibition with participation of special guests Yaroslav Sakal', Vice-consul, Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto, and Sylvia Watson, Toronto Ward 14 City Councillor. To date it has received many positive remarks on both its artistic and historic merits.

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Taras as a student of a Deacon
Lithograph by M.Derehus
Shevchenko in the studio of artist Bryulov
Lithograph by P.Horily
Shevchenko, student of the Academy of Art, sketching
Lithography by P.Suponin
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First arrest of Shevchenko
Lithograph by M.Shtaerman
Shevchenko printing his etchings
Lithograph by V.Kassian
Shevchenko listening to a Kirghiz folk singer, Lithograph by H.Berkovich
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Shevchenko meets artist Soshenko in the St.Petersburg Summer Garden
Lithograph by P.Borysenko
"I am punished, I suffer... but I don't bow"
Engraving by M.Bohdanets
Shevchenko meeting Turhevev and Marko Vovchok
Lithograph by B.Belopolsky
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T.Shevchenko's "To the Dead, the Living and the Unborn"
Engraving by O.Ivakhnenko
T.Shevchenko's "Mission"
Engraving by O.Hubarev
"Severe youth"
Engraving by M.Popov
     

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