Thoughts from the trip

I asked a wonderful RusynArt fan, Marjorie Markusen, to summarize her recent experience at Studium Carpatho-Ruthernorium when it comes to art. She was only too kind to do that for us so enjoy her input:

Source: Courtesy of Marjorie Markusen

“My daughter, Jessica and I had the opportunity to travel to Poland and Slovakia during the month of June. We were there for over four weeks. Three of those weeks were spent living in Presov, Slovakia where we attending the 4th Annual Studium Carpatho-Ruthernorium. This is a summer school program where we studied the language, culture, folklore and history of the Rusyn people. We enjoy our time there so much and met so many wonderful people from the United States, Slovakia, Poland and the Ukraine. It was so wonderful to share this experience with my daughter.

My maternal grandparents came to the United States (Minnesota) in 1903 from the villages of Stebnik and Chmelova (Komlosa), Slovakia. We had the opportunity to spend time in those villages and we met so many relatives. It was a life changing experience for us. 

Poland and Slovakia are beautiful! We had the chance to experience not only the visual arts but also folk music and, dance. We attended the folk festival in Svidnik and Presov. We enjoyed hearing folk music in Kurov, Presov and in Stebnik. Those tunes will be forever with us!

We especially enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Wooden Churches, and other churches and cathedrals, with their beautiful artwork and icons. We went to the Icon Museum in Bardejov and were overwhelmed by the lovely icons. They are so beautiful!

We spent some time at the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Slovakia. It was very interesting to see the art in this special place. 

We saw some work by local artists but didn’t have the opportunity to see as much as we would have liked. Although, we did have the chance to see a potter work at the Spis Castle. Next time we are back in that area we hope to witness more of local folk art.

We know that we will go back to Slovakia and Poland some day. It is forever in our hearts and we are so proud of our Rusyn heritage.”

Written by: Marjorie Markusen