Pysanka

This ostrich pysanka will be on display in the exhibition.

The Kelowna Museums Society has partnered with the Royal BC Museum and the Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society to present Bread and Salt. The exhibition marks the 126th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and the contributions of Ukrainian Canadians to B.C. and the nation.

The story begins with the arrival of the first Ukrainians in Canada on Sept. 7, 1891, and leads visitors through the early years of settlement and hard work to experiences of war and internment. The exhibition also highlights the ongoing contributions of Ukrainians to B.C. and the continuing celebration of Ukrainian traditions. A listening station provides first-hand stories from members of B.C.’s Ukrainian society.

The exhibition also features traditional objects on loan from Kelowna’s Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society.

“The gallery is full of richly coloured and embellished objects, including pysanka, embroidery, wood carvings and beautiful clothing.

“The effort and dedication that went into making these special pieces is remarkable,” said Amanda Snyder, curatorial manager. More than 80 objects are on display.

The opening celebration will be on Saturday Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. The grand opening will include Ukrainian dances and a fashion show.

Bread and Salt opened Friday and runs to Jan. 27 at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway.

There will also be a Bread and Salt workshop series in which participants can learn to make a pysanka (Ukrainian egg) and a kolach (Christmas bread).

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