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Item Name: Painting
Title: Ukrainian Ballet Dancers, Ukrainian Festival
Maker: Molly Lenhardt
Year: 1975
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvas board
Measurements: overall: 60.9 cm x 50 cm
ID Number: PC90.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Molly Lenhardt's paintings were influenced by her early childhood memories and Ukrainian heritage. Her style is recognized as “folk art,” characterized by a self-taught style with strong cultural influences that expresses shared community and values. In this portrait, two Ukrainian dancers strike a pose within a prairie scene. Both in traditional Ukrainian dancing attire, the man kneels for the woman to sit on his knee and captures a moment of tradition and pride with the Ukrainian heritage. 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).