'Image of Ukraine,' Painting Demonstration by Artist Olena Zintchouk

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November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
UNC Global
FedEx Global Education Center, Florence and James Peacock Atrium
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301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
Paintings by Olena Zintchouk.

Petrykivka inspired paintings by Olena Zintchouk. Photo by Ingrid Smith.

Local Ukrainian artist, Olena Zintchouk, will give a painting demonstration in Petrykivka, a traditional Ukrainian style of painting on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Zintchouk’s paintings are featured in the ‘Image of Ukraine: Exploring Ukrainian Culture through Embroidery and Painting‘ exhibition, currently on display at the FedEx Global Education Center through December 8, 2017.

Along with Petrykivka, the exhibition highlights vyshyvka (Ukrainian embroidery) and includes interviews with the Ukrainian community in North Carolina to illustrate how well-known forms of a folk art can be adapted to new settings and help maintain cultural traditions and identity.

A light reception will take place before the demonstration and Zintchouk will discuss the tools and techniques used in Petrykivka painting. Lesia Zintchouk, daughter of Olena Zintchouk and a Greenville, NC based artist, will participate in the demonstration and assist Olena. The event will be held in the Florence and James Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center.

This event is free, but space is limited and RSVP is required. Contact Ingrid Smith, manager of global events and exhibitions for UNC Global, to reserve your spot. Public parking is available after 5 p.m underneath the FedEx Global Education Center, located at the 301 Pittsboro St. in Chapel Hill.

About the Artist

Olena Zintchouk, Photo By Myra Jo '17

Olena Zintchouk. Photo by Myra Jo ’17.

Born and raised in Petrykivka, Zintchouk shares a hometown with the folk painting technique unique to the area. She studied the Petrykivka style in secondary and art school before working as an art teacher and a freelance artist. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Zintchouk immigrated with her husband and two children to Canada, where she continued to paint and teach art classes. When her daughter married, Zintchouk moved to Wake Forest, NC after spending 17 years in Canada so that she could be closer to her children and grandchildren. Recently, she has started exploring the plight of immigrant women through her artwork, which has allowed her to share her own story as well as be a voice to women who have similar experiences.

The exhibition is hosted by UNC Global and is organized by the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina; the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; and Global Relations at UNC. Additional support is provided by the UNC Center for Global Initiatives; UNC Department of American Studies; and UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Event contact: Ingrid Smith, manager of events and exhibitions for UNC Global, ingrid.smith@unc.edu.

Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global, kbowler@unc.edu, 919.962.4504

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