June Exhibition | Embroidered Memories

Date: May 26, 2020

Deadline: Jun 30, 2020 - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) - 9534 - 87 Street, Edmonton, AB

Embroidered Memories” is a folk-art installation and exhibit that features over 750 embroidered Ukrainian Canadian pillows – real ones and photographs, gathered from across Canada. They fill the exhibit space, paying homage to the over 150 artisans who so skillfully expressed their personal and cultural expression with a needle and thread. For some, these beautiful artifacts evoke a deep, intuitive cultural bond to the Ukrainian homeland and immigrant experience. For others, these podushky represent thousands of hours of detailed stitchery and artistic excellence. Whatever the connection, embroidered podushky have become keepsakes out of respect for our ancestors, as well as the sheer beauty of the craftsmanship.

This installation was created by renowned Canadian artist/curator Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn. It features pillows collected across Canada from Sidney, BC to Sydney, NS and shares the stories behind these eclectic artifacts, the artists, and the many others who share a clear passionate relationship to these cultural icons.

Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19:

  • There will not be an opening reception
  • We are limiting attendance to no more than 10 visitors at any one time
  • We highly recommend wearing facemasks when viewing the exhibit (some will be available at ACUA by donation)
  • Hand sanitizer is available upon entry, and there is a regularly sanitized washroom at the front for hand-washing with soap
  • Pandemic or not, we kindly ask that visitors not touch the displays
  • If you are sick or have shown any symptoms in the past 14 days we ask that you stay home until you feel better

Hours of operation:

  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm; Fridays 2 - 7 pm; Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm; Sunday June 7 & 28, 1-5 pm

Avoid line-ups and book a time to visit the exhibit: (780) 488-8558

Sponsored by:  Shevchenko Foundation - Ukrainian Pioneers Association of Alberta Kule Folklore Centre - Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts