Pysanka Galleries


On the pages that follow, there are photos of other people’s pysanka collections and sets of pysanky made by my students in Detroit and Ukraine.  For galleries from other areas of the world, look here; for photos from pysanka classes, look here

Some collections, like those of my mother or sister-in-law, consist largely of my pysanky.  Others don’t.  The North American collections tend to diasporan pysanky, while the Ukrainian ones tend to have more traditional pysanky in them

Look at and enjoy them all.  Click on underlined words and phrases to go to those pages.

North AmericaThe pysanky in these collections are generally those of my friends, and so often have at least a few pysanky made by me.  Those of my mother and sister-in-law are almost all mine.

Baba:  My mother has one of the largest collections of my pysanky.  She’s given my very old ones back to me (see them here), but still has a lot left, as she’s been collecting them for some forty years.  I’ve divided her pysanky into several groups for easier viewing.

Laurie:  I have been giving all the women in my family pysanky at Easter for many years.  On these pages is the collection of my sister-in-law Laurie, who’s been collecting them since 1997. She has a lot of them because she is also the guardian of the pysanky I’ve made for Kalyna, Nick, and Maria over the years.  The pages are not really themed or divided by date; I put the pysanky on two pages so they would load faster.

Mary and Maddy: Mary Baron is an old friend of mine from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  She and I have been making pysanky together over the years. She is quite good, and now her daughter, Maddy, is taking up her mantle.  The pysanky pictured are those that have survived over the  years.

Other friends: I am adding galleries of pysanky of other North American friends of mine.   Some are collectors; others are pysankary. Lots of pretty eggs to look at.

                Georgia:  Stephanie Astalos-Jones

                Wisconsin:  Mrs. Berez

Student Pysanky: The pysanky on these pages were made by my students during my classes.  They are mostly from classes at my brother’s house, or at our Ukrainian school.

Kids:  Pysanky made by my nieces and nephew and their cousins and friends, as well as some of my friends, during classes at my brother’s house in Troy.

Friends:  Pysanky made by adult friends of mine during classes.

Pokrova:  Pysanky and krapanky made by the children of the Lesya Ukrainka School at St. Mary’s church.  These include pysanky made from 2007 on, because that is when I began emptying and varnishing them for the kids.

Tabir: Pysanky made by my students at summer camps in Ukraine.

Ukraine:  In this section are photographs of pysanka collections in Ukraine.  Some are the works of my goddaughter, Daryna, and others are professional or traditional pysanky collected or created by friends of mine.

Daryna:  Daryna is my goddaughter in Lviv, and a tai kwan do champ and talented artist to boot. She comes from a family of artists, and creates in many media. I have few examples of her work, but did manage to photograph her pysanky at both grandparents’ houses, and those her mother still possesses.  Daryna is like me–she loves to give her work away.  I’ve learned to photograph mine first, but she hasn’t, yet.  On this page you’ll find photos of a few her pysanky, traditional and otherwise.

Maryna: Maryna Krysa is a friend of mine in Kyiv.  She does not make pysanky, but collects a bit. These are a set of pysanky I came across in her office.

Ivan Balan: Ivan is an artist from the Bukovynian city of Chernivtsi.  He is a painter and printmaker, but has spent many decades collecting traditional Ukrainian handcrafts, including more than 700 decorated eggs (pysanky, malyovanky, beaded eggs, etc.).  He has allowed me photograph his collection in order to preserve the designs for future generations.

Natalia SokilPani Natalia is the grandmother of a friend of mine, and lives in Chervonohrad, Ukraine.  She learned to write pysanka several years ago at a master-class in town, and fell in love with the art.  She showed me her pysanky when I visited in 2010, and gave me several as gifts.

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