The annual spring exhibit of Ukrainian art in Edmonton features the life and work of Taras Shevchenko, a noted poet, artist, and humanitarian.
The event, which took place at the Ukrainian Federation Hall on April 5 and 6, was in honour of the 200th anniversary of Shevchenko's birth. It featured not only his works, but memorabilia dedicated to him such as portraits, stamps, postcards, and collectibles.
The exhibit was presented by the Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada – Edmonton Branch, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada – Alberta Branch, and the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada Museum – Edmonton Eparchy.
Taras Shevchenko’s literary works have been translated into over 100 languages including Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Japanese, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and 22 languages spoken in India.
He was also known for his work as a master painter and illustrator.
Monuments to Taras Shevchenko have been erected in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, France, Georgia, Paraguay, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States.
He is celebrated worldwide for defending the rights of all peoples to freedom, of human dignity, of women, and of the Jewish people. He stressed the importance of education, tradition, and heritage.
The exhibit also featured authentic Ukrainian food for sale, and a display of pysanky, Ukrainian decorated Easter eggs. Several speakers from the Ukrainian community made comments, and a university professor spoke about Shevchenko's life and work. There were also a few cultural performances from dance, drama, and music groups.