Polish Arts Club of Youngstown hosts 76th Annual Tea
Subject: Polish Arts Club of Youngstown hosts 76th Annual Tea
Send date: 2012-02-17 03:32:27
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Julian Stanczek to be honored at Butler Event

Renowned creator of Op-Art style to speak on creativity Sunday, Feb. 19th

Youngstown— The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is proud to announce the schedule for its 76th Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception. It will take place on Sunday, February 19th, 2011 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M at the Butler Institute of American Art.  This event is free and open to the public as a community service.  A traditional high tea with homemade cookies will follow.

This year we are proud to honor and be joined at our event by world renowned colorist, Julian Stanczak who may even bring a special selection of his private collection and notebooks of his work. The style known as Op Art was named for Stanczak’s first major show held at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in 1964. Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.

Musical selections will be provided by accomplished vocalist Dr. Joanne Uniatowski, chair of the Voice Department at Baldwin-Wallace College. A mezzo-soprano, Uniatowski has performed operatic roles with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Concert Opera and Opera Circle. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with George Vassos. She will perform a program of Polish folksongs, as well as songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz, and Fryderyk Chopin.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of prolific Polish poet and novelist, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski.  His life and legacy is being celebrated this year with events throughout Poland and around the world. Best known for his epic series on the history of Poland, Kraszewski authored more than 232 novels as well as other works. In support of his selection for recognition the Polish Congress said his writings are of “lasting influence on contemporaries and later generations of Poles." Learn more about him here. 

To demonstrate that influence and mark the occasion locally, for the Literature portion of the day, the Polish Arts Club will be screening a film based on a popular Polish fable written by Kraszewski. Dziad i Baba (The Old Man and the Old Woman), an award-winning stop-motion short by independent filmmaker Basia Goszczynska, is about two soul-mates struggling with fears of death and loneliness at the end of their happily- ever- after story.  Unavailable to attend in person, Goszczynska has created a special supplementary video in which she discusses her motivation and process. Screenings will take place in the Zona Auditorium at 12:30 and 3:30.

Special bonus
Also for families, Butler's Family Day will be taking place on that same day from 1:30-2:30 PM. Butler education officials say that if you would like to have your preschool thru primary children participate in the program, call at 330.743.1107  Ext #115 to make arrangements. 

Shared History
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is proud to celebrate its long and special history with the Butler Museum of American Art. In fact, it was Joseph Butler’s idea for the group to organize! In 1935, while on a study trip to Poland, founder Florence Turowski met a former Dartmouth professor who said he would loan Turowski his 19th Century Polish art collection for exhibit if she worked with his former student—Joseph Butler. Butler was eager to show the collection and encouraged Turowski to attract other Polish artists to exhibit their works at the Butler Gallery.  He said perhaps a group could be formed to assist with such a project. The rest is a glorious history of showcasing the work of Polish and Polish-American fine and performing artists to the general public.

The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is part of American Council for Polish Culture, a national non-profit, charitable, cultural and educational organization that serves as a network and body of national leadership among affiliated Polish-American cultural organizations throughout the United States. Founded in 1948, the Council currently represents the interests of some 25 affiliated organizations located across the United States from Los Angeles, CA to Boston, MA. The Youngstown club is one of the founding clubs in the United States.
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