On April 24, 2021, the second meeting of participants took place within the framework of the art project “Portrait of the Museum: Lviv Open-Air Museum”. It was possible to take part in it, having traditionally registered on the site of the Center for Cultural & Arts Initiatives. Due to the quarantine, the participants met online. This allowed knowing the readiness of the Lviv open-air museum to present itself virtually, remotely.
“Rolling Easter egg” – a unique theme of the Etude of the second. A total of seven such sketches (although each with a different theme) were planned by the Center and the Museum. The result of the art events should be a collective portrait of the Lviv open-air museum, which is celebrating its half-century anniversary this year.
As part of the Second Etude, the artistic director of the Project, Andriy Sendetskyy, congratulated everyone on the regular meeting of the Portrait of the Museum, which is being actively implemented despite the difficult situation of the global pandemic. He also stressed that, although the title of this sketch refers to the Easter egg, the participants do not submit Easter eggs themselves, but works of art inspired by this theme and made in painting techniques, graphics, etc., as provided by the Project. The artistic director reiterated that the art project “Portrait of the Museum” is designed to create a creative impression of the portrait of the selected institution, thanks to the associative series, aftertaste, appearance, the brightest nuances, acquaintances, including artists participating in the Project. At the end of the introductory speech, Andriy Sendetskyy wished all participants to participate in a master class in Easter painting to create original and artistically expressive motifs.
The Academic Leader of the Project, the moderator of the meeting, Oleh Bolyuk, Candidate of Art History, drew attention to the terminology and meaning of the pysanka phenomenon and briefly told about the differences between pysanka and decorative egg, outlined their typology and criteria for decorated Easter eggs.
The presentation of the Klymentii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv Scientific Secretary Oksana Omelchuk was quite informative. As agreed in the program of this online meeting, the speaker spoke about the “Lemkivshchyna” sector of the Lviv Open-Air Museum, mainly the residential, commercial, and church buildings. She paid particular attention to the collection of Easter eggs of the Lviv open-air museum. The audience learned that the oldest pysanka stored in the collection date back to 1972 and originate from the Kosiv region. Everyone looked with interest at the ornamental motifs of Easter eggs because a particular area of coverage of today’s conference were geometric and geometric-plant motifs.
After the theoretical and cognitive part of the meeting came the practical part. The folk master of decorative art of Ukraine, Maria Yanko spoke about the specifics of painting eggs with a hairpin, as traditional for Lemko and Lemko-Boyko border. Pysanka gradually demonstrated a way to create elements of ornament, wrote the favorite motifs “sun”, “star”, “flower”, “wreath”, “church”, “swallow”, “hut” and more. Between writing with a hairpin, I dipped the Easter egg in different colors. Most of the participants in the Second Etude tried to keep up with the master and created their compositions on the surface of the eggs. The atmosphere so captivated everyone present that the conference lasted much longer than planned.
Now the participants of the art project have to draw the following work – the Lviv open-air museum.