Friday, 27 January 2012


(In Ukrainian)
at Oseredok
184 Alexander Avenue East, Winnipeg

Driving through Ukraine one comes across roadside crosses, firugres of the Mother of God or saints, tiny chapels and other monuments, many of them testament to the deep spirituality of the people who erected and cared for them. Dr Svitlana Kukharenko will shed light on this tradition and its significance in an illustrated presentation on the subject (in Ukrainian).

Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko has a PhD in Ukrainian Folklore from the University of Alberta. Currently, she is a joint Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba with the Department of German and Slavic Studies and the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies.

Saturday January 28th through Saturday February 4th!
Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to save on books, children's books, men's hoodies, knitwear, contemporary embroidered linen tops, amber jewelry, and much, much more!
And remember if you're a member of Oseredok, add 10% to the discount!

There's only a week left before the big Superbowl game, and you can be the BIG WINNER!

Drop in to Oseredok and get your SUPERBOWL RAFFLE TICKET for only $2! You could win from $25 to $200, AND you'll be supporting Oseredok!

I like to believe I am telling the truth

February 9 – April 14, 2012
Opening reception at Gallery 1C03: Thursday, February 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Artist talk followed by opening reception at Oseredok Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Chris Reid, Screaming Bread Flees Grain Elevator, 2010, hard pastel on paper, 50" x 60".
Courtesy of the artist.
Gallery 1C03 & Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre are pleased to co-present I like to believe I am telling the truth, a double-sited solo exhibition of new and recent work by Manitoba artist Chris Reid. The exhibition includes large-scale pastel drawings, quirky re-interpretations of Ukrainian Easter eggs and multi-media sculptural installations that incorporate recycled and found objects. Through these diverse media, Reid invents lush visual narratives containing a sundry cast of characters – from folkloric symbols of her Ukrainian heritage and her husband’s African heritage such as Baba Yaga buildings and Anansi the spider to idiosyncratic anthropomorphic cats, dolls, bunnies and bread – that play out their actions in surreal prairie landscapes and unsettling domestic environments.

Reid’s art is beguiling in its playful yet cynical nature and its realization in ultra bright colours, unexpected materials and widely differing scales. The artist’s day job as a housing resource and homelessness coordinator and her roles as a wife and mother greatly inform the psychological tensions evident in her compositions. As Reid notes, her art is “a deceptively inviting metaphor for anxiety, obsessive thought and coping. It is about the desire to belong, to be a part of a community, the frustration and disappointment of having ideals mangled and the not-necessarily-logical need to meet expectations.” Reid deals in ideas with which most of us negotiating the varied demands of contemporary life can identify.

Chris Reid is a visual artist and educator based out of Brandon, Manitoba. Reid completed Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Alberta as well as two Master of Fine Arts degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Windsor, where she specialized in painting, drawing and intaglio. In addition to her artistic practice, Reid has worked as a contemporary art curator and is employed as a Housing Resource Worker for the Brandon Regional Health Authority. She has been the recipient of grants for her art from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Reid has exhibited across Canada and in the United States for more than 25 years, including recent solo exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre, Latitude 53 and the Thames Art Gallery. I like to believe I am telling the truth is Chris Reid’s first solo exhibition in Winnipeg. It will travel to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba later in 2012.

Gallery 1C03, Oseredok and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba will produce a publication related to this exhibition featuring a critical essay by contemporary art curator and writer Mary Reid. Expected launch date will coincide with the opening of I like to believe I am telling the truth at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in December of 2012.  
Gallery 1C03 and Oseredok gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Wasyl Topolnicky Memorial Foundation Inc. for this project.

Oseredok hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Admission is always free and all are welcome!

ERIN MOURE, Poetry Readings
Saturday March 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm
184 Alexander Ave. East
This event has been re-scheduled from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Same day! Same place!

Learn to make them! Learn about them! Get everything you need to write them!

Saturday February 25, 2 - 4 pm
This emerging contemporary form of pysanka writing has become popular both here in Canada and Ukraine. It involves a new technique in which the egg is submerged in vinegar or acid, rather than dye. Oseredok is excited to offer this "how to" class on learning this new technique. The class is geared for those who have mastered the skill of traditional pysanky writing. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED. Pre-registration is required. Registration cost: $15 members, $20 non-members. Call (204) 942-0218 to register.

Saturday March 17, 1:30 - 4 pm
Saturday March 31, 1:30 - 4 pm

Oseredok is once again offering it's very popular Family Pysanka Workshops! There are two dates to choose from - March 17 or March 31. Register the whole clan, or a complete gaggle of BFFs. But register early, because space is limited! Pre-registration is required. Registration cost: $7 members, $10 non-members. Call (204) 942-0218 to register

PYSANKA - Talisman, Decorative Art, Identity Marker
Sophia Kachor
Thursday March 15, 7 pm

The story of the pysanka is a narrative of ideas about life, death, eternity, immortality, rebirth, identity, belonging, community, tradition and innovation. It connectsa us to the past, the present, and future. Using images of pysanky from Oseredok's collections, S. Kachor, Chief of Collections, will explore this narrative by telling the story of the designs and symbols on the pysanka from three perspectives: the original ancient pre-Christian tradition, the impact of Christianity on the tradition, and the contribution of Ukrainian Canadians to the pysanka narrative.

Oseredok Boutique is stocked with everything you need to make your very own pysanky. Dyes, kistky, wax, how-to books, and inspiring design books!
Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Out of town? Purchase your pysanka supplies by phone with your credit card! Please call (204) 942-0218 between 10am and 4pm. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012



This past Sunday, January 8th, was an unseasonably balmy afternoon on the prairies, not at all what one is used to on the second day of Свята in Winnipeg!

It helped brighten the mood for some 800 people who gathered at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral for Oseredok's annual Festival of Carols!

O. Koshetz Choir

View of Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral

With the guidance of MC Sophia Kachor, they were treated to the sometimes prayerful, sometimes playful, and ever joyous sounds of Ukrainian Christmas carols and щедрівки, performed by the O. Koshetz Choir (Miroslava Paches, conductor), the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral Choir (Dr. Jeff Saranchuk, conductor), Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and Children's Choir (Miroslava Paches, conductor), the Lyre Trio (Katrusia Basarab, Sofia Bilozor, Larissa Klymkiw), and Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus (Walter Skakun and Bill Solomon, conductors).

Miroslava Paches conducting the Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Children's Choir

Martha Chuchman, Secretary of the Board of Directors, presented Christmas and New Year greetings on behalf of Oseredok, and thanked all Festival participants - particularly the choirs and their directors, for making the Festival of Carols such a wonderful success!

Most certainly the hightlight of this year's Festival of Carols was the lighting of candles with the Peace Light of Bethlehem and a rousing rendition of Бог Предвічний by all present! 
The Festival of Carols alit with the
Peace Light of Bethlehem
Metropolitan Yurij and Metropolitan Lawrence
(to left of first row)

For those of you who couldn't make it, we offer out first attempt at converting, importing, converting, uploading, re-uploading, converting, uploading (you get the picture!) two video files of the Festival. Thanks to Ostap Hawaleshka for the photos and videos.

Lyre Trio - Sofia Bilozor, Katrusia Basarab, and Larissa Klymkiw

Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus, B. Solomon - conductor


Oseredok is accepting registration for two levels of Ukrainian Language classes for beginners in the new year. If you're interested, register TODAY!

Ukrainian for Beginners I
January 16 to March 26, 2012   (Mondays, 6 - 8 pm, 10 weeks)
Aimed at those with no knowledge of Ukrainian, this course focuses on the mastery of the Ukrainian alphabet and a vocabulary of approximately 100 words.

Ukrainian for Beginners II
January 14 to March 24, 2012   (Saturday, 10 am - 12 noon, 10 weeks)
This second level course is aimed at increasing vocabulary for those who know the Ukrainian alphabet, have some reading ability, and are familiar with basic everyday expressions.

REGISTRATION: $150 ($135 for members). To register call 942-0218 or email
A minimum of 10 students must be registered for the course to proceed.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Рада Директорів і персонал Осередку Української Культури й Освіти сердечно вітають Вас з Різдвом Христовим і Новим Роком! Хай Господь благословить Вас радістю, щастям, добробутом і кріпким здоров'ям!
Христос Раждається! Славіте Його!

The Board of Directors and Staff of Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre extend sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the Lord bring you joy, good fortune, prosperity and good health!
Christ is Born! Let us Praise Him!

Celebrate Christmas in song! Come to the Festival of Carols!
Featuring O. Koshetz Choir, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Choir, Sts. Vladimir and Olga Metropolitan Choir and Children's Choir,  Lyre Trio, and Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus!
Sunday January 8, 2012 at 2 pm at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral,
115 McGregor St., Winnipeg.

Oleh Skrypka's delightful version of Shchedryk, aka "Carol of the Bells"!

Is it “Христос раждається or “Христос рождається?
You’d be correct if you said the first.
Here’s the mystery deciphered for you. “Раждається (with an “a”) is an Old Church Slavonic (OCS) verb equivalent to the Ukrainian “народився. You can find this verb (with an “a”) in OSC dictionaries and ancient books written in OSC. On the other hand, the nounРождество (Nativity) is written with an “o”. And that’s the source of the confusion.
So, now you know!

From Manitoba hand-dipped beeswax candles to hand-carved wooden candelabra from Kosiv...from hand-embroidered shirts and blouses to small дідухи...from Oleh Skrypka's Щедрик to Olya Fryz's Christmas CDs...not to mention organic pearled wheat for кутя...Oseredok Boutique has just about everything you might need for Свят Вечір!
PLUS! A great selection of toys (including Fisher Price Ukrainian-language speaking toys!), jewelry, contemporary embroidered shirts and hoodies, caps, scarves, and other great gift ideas!

Open January 5 and 6 from 10am - 4pm
Closed January 7 and January 9

184 Alexander Ave. East, Winnipeg
(204) 942-0218