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  1. Oleksiy Lytvynenko: Silence
    March 23 – April 22, 2018

    Reception for the artist: Friday, March 23 from 6:00–8:00 PM
    Please RSVP to attend.

    Art at the Institute is pleased to present Silence, an exhibition of paintings by Ukrainian artist Oleksiy Lytvynenko. Curated by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, director of Art at the Institute, this is the artist’s first solo exhibition with The Ukrainian Institute of America. Mr. Lytvyneko will be present at the reception to discuss his work.

    Lytvynenko’s ethereal paintings combine organic representational elements with abstracted backgrounds in a way that is both decorative and modernist. His motifs include landscape, water, plants, insects, fish, and amphibians. He is not interested in a realistic representation of an object but in interpreting its spirit; these paintings exalt anthropocentric personality.

    The artist sees the human (himself) as an integral part of nature. The affinity between man and nature is what impresses him most, rather than their contrast. He suggests by the simplest possible means the inherent nature of the aesthetic object. He understands his duty as an artist to suggest the essence, the eternal qualities of that object, which is in itself a work of natural art before he arrives.

    This search for spiritual transcendence continually influences his creative vision. He durably expresses our relationships with one another, with the natural world and with the infinite. Pulling cues from Western and Eastern schools of philosophy, Lytvynenko seeks to make works that are objects of contemplation. Having undergone a process of creation, destruction and finally preservation, the stillness of meditation is echoed in the quietude of the finished paintings. Plants and creatures that transform are arranged to symbolize the enduring pattern of regeneration. The results are both curious and sublime.

    Delicately nurtured by knowing hands, Lytvynenko’s use of subtle color harmonies and fluid drawing mark his belief in the importance of beauty in our lives. His subjects are used as links between the viewer and the artist’s feelings. And, the artist’s technique is used to create an illusion of the forms of reality. The eye can wander, and the mind can think unencumbered through visual realms that are expansively and emotionally rich — the sincere and unabashed offering of pleasure and solace.

    Oleksiy Lytvynenko’s work has been exhibited extensively in Ukraine, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. He studied at Kyiv State Arts Institute and is a member of the Ukrainian Artists Union. He lives and works in Kyiv.


    Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment.

  2. Polish History Club - Kuchnia Staropolska - presentation by Joanna Sokolowska-Gwizdka ( NEW LOCATION)


    Attention: This is a new /temporary location for History Club meetings. We are currently looking for a new permanent location for history club meetings, if you can help, please contact Helena at 989 493 0660 or at

    In March Joanna Sokolowska -Gwizdka- Polish writer and editor-in-chief of an online magazine about Polish culture abroad:, will talk about Old Polish traditions in the kitchen.

    W marcu zapraszamy na spotkanie klubu historycznego, na ktorym Joanna Sokolowska-Gwizdka opowie o kuchni staropolskiej. Pani Joanna jest pisarka oraz redakorka internetowego magazynu o Polskiej Kulturze na emigracji. 

    Zapewniamy kawe, wode i herbate, zapraszamy wszystkich serdecznie!

    Ksiazki kulturalne/historyczne w jezyku Polskim beda na sprzedaz podczas klubu historycznego.

    What: Presentation on Traditional Polish Cuisine by Joanna Sokolowska-Gwizdka
    Where: Lakewood Clubhouse, 7317 Lakewood Dr, Austin 78750
    When: Sunday March 18th, 6pm-8pm
    Language: Polish
    Cost: free
    Contact: Helena Wisniewska Tindall, 989 493 0660,

  3. I have always admired people who take freedom to a whole other level. The older I get, the more I dream of leaving everything behind to wander the world aimlessly. Years ago, my favorite gypsy Kirsty Halliday did just that. She left her corporate job in Philly, for what she thought was a summer road trip in an RV. I watched her explore those parts of North America I always dreamed of seeing, like Yellowstone, Alaska, and then further and further into what I thought of as uninhabitable parts of the country. I kept asking her, When are you coming home? but it has been 4 years since I last saw her, and she “has no interest in being a regular person” again.

    She recently took a job in the Arctic circle, to fulfill her dream of seeing the Northern Lights, where she is working in the hospitality industry hosting tourists during their brief stays. Her first guests were Neil and Lauro Eckland, the crew from the Discovery Channel. They are filming a documentary of a team of U.S. Army veterans who will ride motorcycles from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America, crossing the infamous Darien Gap in the process.




  4. Before going out we are going to try this place...been driving in front many times so tonight is the night