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Item Name: Painting
Title: Homeward Bound
Maker: Molly Lenhardt
Year: 1982
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvas board
Measurements: overall: 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number: PC88.5

Extended Label Info: Molly Lenhardt based her work on memories and her Ukrainian heritage. Homeward Bound is a reflection on a memory of her son Wayne as he sets out from North Carolina in his red Volvo. There is a strong sense of time and place from the young man’s clothing and the make and model of the car. The stiff pose beside the car recalls the “first day of school” photos parents take to mark events of separation between themselves and their children. This experience is one that transcends its time period bringing this painting to life in a relatable human way. Lenhardt has received national acclaim for her depictions of Ukrainian clothing and symbols and in 2004, Lenhardt was posthumously recognized for her contributions to the community and culture of Ukrainian-Canadians, being designated as a “Nation Builder” by the Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Ukrainian Congress of Canada. Molly Lenhardt (1914-1995) grew up near Lake Winnipegosis, Manitoba. As a child, she was encouraged to paint by her father. She moved with her family to Melville, Saskatchewan and continued to paint while studying Business in Yorkton (1930). As an adult, she and her husband ran a variety store in Melville (Fairway Confectionary), and Lenhardt often painted at the back of the store when she had time. Her paintings have been exhibited across Canada and were the subject of a retrospective organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, 1990). Her work can be found in the collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Quebec), the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), the University of Saskatchewan, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina).