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Taras H. Shevchenko
Museum & Memorial
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1614 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 1A7
Tel: 416-534-8662
Fax: 416-535-1063


An Art Exhibition by

September 20, 2009 - March 10, 2010
Artist's Reception: Sunday, September 20, 3 pm - 5 pm (read reception report)
Silent Auction Item

Watercolour "Vitayemo" - "Donavon Welcome"

The Shevchenko Museum is 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.

As an architect, he has designed several landmark buildings in the Sudbury community including the Grace Hartman (Bell Park) Amphitheatre, the main fire hall, the Sudbury Transit Centre, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Market Square and others.

As an artist, he has captured Sudbury's heritage in pen/ink and watercolour for the last 20 years. He has had numerous shows in Sudbury and elsewhere. He established one of the city's few private galleries in the mid 1990s, The Acorn Gallery of Oak. He often invites groups of students or individual children to see his work and to share his love of art and history. In 1998, he contributed 15 pen and ink sketches for the book Street Names of Downtown Sudbury. His work has often been featured in the local daily and community newspapers. In 2008, he held two exhibitions of his heritage buildings to celebrate the city's 125th anniversary. He designed and oversaw the building of the national memorial in Ottawa to Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War (Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion).

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.

The Museum is open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays by appointment.


"Rescue", pen & coloured ink
In the 1984 a rock-burst occured at Falconbridge Mine killing four miners, a heroic but unsuccessful attempt was made to rescue them.
"Sudbury - Copper Cliff Sudberian Electric Railway Co. Car, Elm St., Circa 1935", watercolour "Hard Rock", pen & coloured ink
Mining the depths of the hard rock of the Pre-Cambrian Shield where extremely dangerous conditions prevail, miners rely on each other for their very lives, and develop a comradeship of survival.
"Rainbow Country", pen & coloured ink
Sudbury in 1886, the year that marks the beginning of the settlement, was covered by a verdant forest of red and white pine. Lumbering and open air smelting of the ore in the early days had a devastating effect on the landscape of the area. Through the efferts of the Community, with Tree Planting Committee, beginning in 1973, the moonscape of Rainbow Country is gradually returning to its original verdant state.
"Big Nickel", Sudbury, Ontario, Pen & Ink Sketch
Collection of Ukrainian handicrafts and folk art
First Ukrainian Immigration to Canada
Shevchenko Stamp Collection
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The son of a serf, Shevchenko became not only an artist and academician of Saint-Petersburg Academy of Art, but one of the most versatile people of 19th century. His paintings and graphics reflect a refined world that did not resemble his own life...(more)


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