BRAMA, Nov 9, 2005, 3:00 pm ET
Patriarch Filaret -- patron of the arts
Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) who is highly regarded by both the Orthodox and Catholic faithful of Ukrainian heritage in the U.S.,
is also a lover of the arts. The spiritual leader did not miss the opportunity to visit The Ukrainian Museum
in New York while on tour in this country.
In the photo above, Patriarch Filaret exchanges gifts with Olha Hnateyko, President of the Museum's Board of Trustees. His Holiness holds the Museum catalog from the recent exhibition titled "Alexander Archipenko: Vision and Continuity". Gifts to the Museum
included a recently published Bible, a book on the works of Ukraine-born sculptor Leo Mol,
and a biography of artist Jacques Hnizdovsky, also born in Ukraine.
According to Romana LaBrosse, head of the education program, the monographs will
be added to the Museum's research library (not open to the public yet).
The Ukrainian Museum, which opened the doors of its new location to the public earlier this year,
has become a popular destination for visitors to New York City. On a recent official visit
to the U.S., Viktor Yushchenko, the President of Ukraine, requested a private
tour of the Museum.
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