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Artist Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception
Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal

On view March 21 – August 2, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Members $6, Nonmembers $12, registration required by Tuesday, March 17

The paintings of Lesia Sochor are narratives told in paint prompted by personal experiences. The Pysanka series evolved from her annual spring ritual of creating intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs known as pysanky. Depicting the symbolic meanings and traditional motifs in oils and watercolors spawned a new path of contemporary expression for this ancient art form. Lesia continues the tradition of Pysanky making, passed down by her Ukrainian immigrant mother. This beautiful, talismanic object is a direct link to her ancestral past and her roots.

In her opening reception lecture, Lesia will explore the egg as the embodiment of the life principle that is associated with mythical and religious ceremonies from the earliest pagan times. Ancient peoples universally worshiped the sun, and eggs were chosen as ritual objects for these celebrations. In addition to a historical overview of Pysanka origin, Lesia will examine the deep-rooted symbolism capturing the beliefs growing out of the ever-changing yet ever-the-same generation to generation experiences of a people. Lesia is first and foremost a painter, and she will discuss how the Pysanka, an echo of the past, was the catalyst for a decade long exploration of paintings acknowledging her roots and contemporary self. Part of these beliefs gave the decorated egg talismanic powers of fertility, health, protection, good fortune, plentiful harvests, and hope. Legend has it that as long as Pysanky were decorated, goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world. The designs flourished and grew in the hands of the Ukrainian people and have become an exquisite art form known the world over. Lesia is first and foremost a painter, and she will discuss how the Pysanka, an echo of the past, was the catalyst for a decade long exploration of paintings acknowledging her roots and contemporary self.