The city of Três Barras, located on the Northern Plateau of Santa Catarina received the eighth workshop of the Project “Pysanka – Ukrainian Crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina.” It was recently inaugurated the new temple, which stands with its domed Byzantine-style landmark of Ukrainian churches. But the outbreak of the community in Três Barras happened in the 60s, and since this, it was the first time that a Pysanka workshop was held there.
In each workshop we found intrinsic knowledge of Ukrainian culture, and Three Bars, highlight the account of Mrs. Josefa Olinek (69): “When we were young we did the halunkas for Easter, drawed eggs with flowers, twigs and used beeswax then we cooked with flowers, yerba mate or onion for color. ” This demonstrates that the cultural baggage that immigrants have brought and that they continued showing up in Brazil, and that it still changing to be adapted and giving conditions to exist.
The workshop was made possible by the Edict Elizabeth Anderle Culture Stimulus, with the coordination of artists and Oksana Sliwinski Kotviski and Vilson Kotviski.
The sixth workshop of the project “pysanka – Ukrainian crafts, Brazilian, Santa Catarina” was held last weekend, 24th and April 25th in the city of Canoinhas-SC.
The enthusiasm of the participants was reflected in the work, the workshop was very productive, and surprised by quality of the first revealed pysanka. The “Mothers Club” of the community have been mobilized during the workshop to follow up, scheduling new meetings to do the pysanka. Also some ladies of the “Nucleus of Women Entrepreneurs of Canoinhas” expressed concern that the Ukrainian community will participate in monthly exhibitions of handicrafts, demonstrating the ancient art of pysanka made by people in the city.
With the support of the Ukrainian local community, through the priest Mark Andreiv and religious the Order of St. Basil the Great, the workshop was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski and Oksana Sliwinski Kotviski.
The ancient art known as Ukrainian eggs pysanka, was the subject of cultural workshop held at the Rio da Areia’s Colony (a town of Canoinhas-SC). In an atmosphere of tranquility, the students could learn the techniques for making pysanka, through the coordination of José Vilson Kotviski.
The Ukrainian community in Rio da Areia boasts one of the few Ukrainian wooden churches that still exist in Santa Catarina. One of the participants, Rose Mari Baiji (40) stated saying that “learn the art of pysanka always was a dream, but they never had the opportunity. Now I can pass on to my children. “
The pysanka are the symbol of Easter for the Ukrainians. Bring, however, printed on thin and fragile eggshell, the story of an ancient civilization whose roots go to the dawn of time.
Fragile and delicate in appearance, the pysanka through time tell us he story of hardworking people, educated, creative and more than just it, they were great dreamers who seeks to transfer to the surface of the white egg, a rich and unique symbolism. Traces decided, undulating forms and colors of spring on the prairies and steppes are the purest expression of feelings and desires of infinitive peace, eternity, health, wealth and belief in the superiority of God.
The Ukrainian immigrant was able to preserve this art through the teaching of mother to child. Moreover, searching, discovered new pigments, incorporating the hues of nature of the new land.
Worshiping and spreading now for over a century this tradition, the Ukrainians and their descendants who have to bring more organic and depth of Ukrainian folk art, the pysanka.
The contemporaneous art of pysanka was demonstrated in the town of Craveiros on 10th and 11th of april 2010, by the fourth workshop of the cultural project “Pysanka – Crafts Ukrainian, Brazilian, Catarinense.”
Craveiros is a rural municipality of Santa Terezinha-SC, where we met a young Ukrainian reall lively and participatory. According to reports of staff, it was the first time it happened, a course were everyone was really excited for the opportunity and for the results. Sister Emily, who worked for the class organization, thanked on behalf of the community, and asked to never forgetfor the future projects the town of Craveiros, which gave her a great reception for everybody.
The course was coordinated by Vilson Kotviski, one of the exponents of the art of pysanka in Brazil, author of “pysanka – from Ukraine to Brazil” (2004) and the DVD “The Art of Painting pysanka” (2007).
The Ukrainian Community of Mafra-SC received the third workshop of the Project “Pysanka – Ukrainian, Brazilian and Catarinense’s crafts” realized on 20th and 21st March 2010.
The course was very productive and has revealed many talents. More than just Mafra’s people had taken part, we also had representatives of the Ukrainian community of Guaramirin-SC, who moved from his city, especially to attend the workshop.
The workshops participants reported on their questionnaires, that they were very satisfied and that would like to have more time on doing this enjoyable activity, and more, they showed enthusiasm of learning. On Sunday, many visitors might know the first pysanka’s products that were made in the workshop and they also had a brief explanation from the coordinator Kotviski, who had a great knowledge about art and about the project, funded by the Bid of Anderle Elizabeth a Stimulusto the Culture.