Jul 11

Kovalenko & Monastyretsky Exhibit at The Ukrainian National Museum

Oleksa Kovalenko

Painting by Oleksa Kovalenko

“The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko & Walter Monastyretsky” opens on Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Museum.  Both painters are celebrated artists within the Chicagoland and the international art community.

Oleksa Kovalenko

The ethereal paintings by Oleksa Kovalenko transport you back in time to explore the rich history of Ukraine.  Kovalenko draws his inspiration from the wellspring of Ukrainian customs and traditions. The artist as philosopher seeks to show Ukrainian culture through the lens of heritage and folklore. His oil paintings are beautiful and mysterious, and will transfer you to his native country of Ukraine.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1946, Kovalenko completed his artistic studies at the esteemed Kyiv State Academy of Sciences 1982. Oleksa Kovalenko has exhibited widely in both Ukraine and the United States and has works in private collections around the world, including Japan, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil.


Walter Monastyretsky

A classically trained professional artist, Walter Monastyretsky’s specialty is oil on canvas. Landscape, nature and classic still life are among the artist’s favorites with the classic portrait as his forte. Monastyretsky was born, raised and educated in Ukraine where he became a licensed Pharmacist.  His love of art guided him to Kyiv where he attended the Kyiv Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Masters of Fine Arts, he had to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky

Painting by Walter Monastyretsky


Before immigrating to the United States in 1998  Monastyretsky  became well known throughout Eastern Europe exhibiting his works since 1981. Since moving to the United States, his works have become part of many prestigious private collections in over twenty countries and eleven museums. His landscape entitled “Lincoln Park” was presented to Mayor Richard Daley in August 2009.   Monastyretsky has also participated in the exhibits of the Plein Air painters of Chicago.

Enjoy the colorful palette on display at the Ukrainian National Museum through August 21, 2011.

This event is sponsored by MB Financial

Location: 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.



Jun 11

Anatole Kolomayets: A Retrospective at the Ukrainian National Museum


Kaleidoscope by Anatole Kolomayets

Anatole Kolomayets: A Retrospective opens Friday July 1, 2010 at the Ukrainian National Museum – opening night reception from7:00pm-9:00pm.  The exhibit continues daily through Sunday July 24th, 2011.  Gallery visitors will have an opportunity to see the complex, influential, and deeply moving body of work shown in this exhibit. Kolomayets’s style blends both his Ukrainian heritage and his artistic training in Europe

Anatole Kolomayets was born in Ukraine in 1927. He received his training at St. Luke’s Institute (1948 – 1952) and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (1952 – 1953), both in Leige, Belgium. Since coming to the United States in 1953, he has resided in Chicago, Illinois. More than four hundred of the artist’s works are in numerous private collections and galleries in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, France, the United States, Canada and Ukraine. The artist has had one-man exhibits in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Denver. Kolomayets is also one of the co-founders of the Ukrainian Artist’s Group “Monolith” of Chicago in 1954. His works have been reviewed in various magazines and journals, among them “Suchasnist” and “Ukraina”.

Location: The Ukrainian National Museum , 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago

Museum Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.

For more information: www.ukrainiannationalmuseum.org


Jun 11

Paintings by Roman Vovk at UNMC until June 26th



Roman Vovk is an artist whose work reflects man’s unity with nature. The defining characteristics of his paintings are the definitive brushstrokes with dynamic colors. This exhibit opens on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 7 pm. The artists’ vision, rooted deep in inherited memory, comes to fruition with themes of Cossack liberty, iconic folklore and the vistas and landscapes of his beloved Ukraine. Some paintings echo the historical and spiritual portrait of Ukraine while other exhibited works delve deep into the symbolism of identity: beautiful still life and the breathtaking Carpathian landscape. Vovk’s paintings are sought after not only because of his exceptional technique but because they fulfill the spiritual needs of authenticity.


Sponsored by MB Financial this exhibit continues through June 26th.

Apr 11

25 Years After Chernobyl – Exhibit Opens at the Ukrainian Nat’l Museum

Chernobyl 25

25 years ago on April 26, 1986, the lives of millions of people were forever changed by the explosion that took place in reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The radiation from this explosion carried across Europe. Over 400,000 people were evacuated from their homes, many of them never able to return.  A new article in the March 2011 edition of Outside, entitled Chernobyl, My Primeval, Teeming, Irradiated Eden described the events thusly:

IT WAS SOON AFTER 1 A.M. on the night of April 26, 1986, that one of the world’s nightmare scenarios unfolded. Reactor 4 in the huge Chernobyl power station blew up. The causes are still the subject of debate, but it was some combination of a design flaw involving the control rods that regulate reactor power levels, a poorly trained engineering crew, a test that required a power-down of the reactor, and a dogged old-style Soviet boss who refused to believe anything major could be wrong. At any rate, it was spectacular. Eight-hundred-pound cubes of lead were tossed around like popcorn. The 1,000-ton sealing cap was blown clear off the reactor. A stream of raspberry-colored light shone up into the night sky—ionized air, so beautiful that inhabitants of the nearby city of Pripyat came out to stare. When it was all over, estimates former deputy chief engineer Grigori Medvedev, the radioactive release was ten times that of Hiroshima.

The exhibit at the Ukrainian National Museum will open this Friday, April 8th at 7 pm and will continue through May 15, 2011.  The exhibit will highlight the issues that still face those who live and work in the contaminated areas, as well as the millions outside the exclusion zone (now some 1,660 square miles)  who have been affected by the disaster, and serve as a reminder of the terrible events that occurred at Chernobyl.

The Ukrainian National Museum
2249 West Superior Street
Chicago IL 60622
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.