Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taras Shevchenko Museum - 1614 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6P 1A7
September 20, 2009 - March 10, 2010
Artist's Reception: Sunday, September 20, 3 pm - 5 pm
The Shevchenko Museum is pleased to present the art exhibition "A Point of View" by Oryst Sawchuk. An architect by profession, Sudbury resident Oryst Sawchuk is also an artist, a musician, a businessman, and a community leader.
As an architect, he has designed several landmark buildings in the Sudbury community including the Grace Hartman (Bell Park) Amphitheatre, the main fire hall, the Sudbury Transit Centre, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Market Square and others.
As an artist, he has captured Sudbury's heritage in pen/ink and watercolour for the last 20 years. He has had numerous shows in Sudbury and elsewhere. He established one of the city's few private galleries in the mid 1990s, The Acorn Gallery of Oak. He often invites groups of students or individual children to see his work and to share his love of art and history. In 1998, he contributed 15 pen and ink sketches for the book Street Names of Downtown Sudbury. His work has often been featured in the local daily and community newspapers. In 2008, he held two exhibitions of his heritage buildings to celebrate the city's 125th anniversary. He designed and oversaw the building of the national memorial in Ottawa to Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War (Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion).
Oryst Sawchuk dabbled in art from childhood. He studied sculpture, painting and printmaking at the University of Manitoba, where he received his Master of Architecture. In 1970 he was honoured with membership in the prestigious Society of Artists. He is chair of the Sudbury's heritage advisory committee. He is one of the few Sudburians whose name is listed in Canada's Who's Who.
Oryst Sawchuk's art is impressive for its humanism and warmth in depicting the community and its environment realistically. "An artist must be involved in social reality - he can reflect on it", says Oryst. That is why viewers can see a part of us in every picture.
The Museum is open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays by appointment.