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04/29 Experience Ukrainian Spring Traditions! 1:30 PM

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04/29 Experience Ukrainian Spring Traditions! 1:30 PM

April 06, 2017 - 03:42

Ukrainian Village Voices, 2016

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PELHAM, NY -- Welcome spring at Pelham Art Center with a concert of Ukrainian village-style polyphony featuring the Ukrainian Village Voices, and afterwards watch a demonstration of pysanky, or Ukrainian egg decorating on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1:30- 3:30pm. Decorate your own wooden egg in our hands-on workshop! Part of Pelham Art Center’s Folk Arts Series, this event is free and open to the public.

About Ukrainian Village Voices

Ukrainian Village Voices is a culturally diverse group of folk singers and community organizers, uniting members of the Ukrainian and the larger folk music communities. Activity and membership is largely based in the New York City Metro area including the mid-Hudson region. Since 2013, the ensemble has performed for various audiences in the United States and Canada, in venues ranging from folk music and seasonal festivals to museums, theaters, libraries to street, radio and webcast concerts.

About Pysanky and Artist Laryssa Czebiniak

Pysanky (decorated Easter eggs) are a Ukrainian folk art and a traditional part of spring and Easter celebrations. Eggs are covered in intricate folk motifs and designs using a written-wax batik method. Using a special stylus, molten beeswax is drawn onto the egg in designs, and then the egg is dipped into dyes, leaving the areas covered in wax preserved and white, creating a relief design on the egg. Pysanky are symbols of rebirth associated with spring and the Christian celebration of Easter.

Artist Laryssa Czebiniak remembers making her very first pysanka at age five. She has led (Ukrainian Easter egg) parties, demos & workshops in the NYC area since 2007.