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An independent, creative business combined with a lifelong passion for art and writing: The Word & Image Studio delivers expert results and attentive customer service, down to the last detail ~ including meeting your important deadlines.
Skillful research, accuracy in writing, interesting visuals, attention to detail and personal service have been our standard in creative communication for wide-ranging clients such as The National Film Board of Canada, multiple government ministries, universities and colleges, industrial and environmental firms and non-profit arts organizations.
Beyond this varied portfolio, a personal interest in Ukrainian culture and heritage led to the research, writing, illustration and book design of • ‘Show Them What You Can Do’ ~ Building the Ukrainian Spirit Across Canada: An Illustrated Biography of Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky, published in 2007.
Since its release, orders for the book have been received from every province between B.C. and the Maritimes; it is on file at Library and Archives Canada and Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec as well as the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa, Alberta’s Vegreville Centennial Library, Saskatoon Public Library and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and has been used as a course book by the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association.
This biography of a pivotal figure in Ukrainian-Canadian cultural heritage (the creative director’s father) led to an invitation, in 2009, by Dr. Marcia Ostashewski at Cape Breton University to be involved in an exhibition titled • A Cape Breton Story of Ukrainian Dance: From Village to Stage ~ which served as a gateway to other collaborative writing and design projects such as two in 2011: the 25th anniversary republication by the Centre for Cape Breton Studies of • Strangers in the Land: The Ukrainian Presence in Cape Breton and the exhibit • ‘Mnohaya lita!’ Celebrating 100 Years of Ukrainian Faith in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and several others over the years:
• An evocative CD cover for • Songs of Truth: Music & Song from the Kobzar Tradition by banduryst Julian Kytasty, released at the 2014 Celtic Colours International Festival through the efforts of Dr. Ostashewski in partnership with the Centre for Cape Breton Studies at Cape Breton University.
• The 2015 launch of the DiversityCapeBreton.ca web portal, a large-scale project encompassing the signature logo, overarching design, selected writing, and • ‘In my Father’s Footsteps: Finding my way along an unmarked musical journey’, a musical component involving sheet music hand-written by Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky in the 1920s and ’30s, now housed at the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University.
• 2015 also marked the occasion of a new endeavour: promoting Ukrainian heritage and culture through the launch of a memorial foundation and The Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky Youth Award in Ukrainian Dance presented for the very first time March 14, 2015 at the Tavria Ukrainian Dance Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Click here for details about the 2015 winning performer.
In 2016, the Best Solo Performance was by Caitlyn Putz (dancing Volyn Solo) of Rushnychok Ukrainian Folk Dance Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Congratulations to Caitlyn, whose outstanding mark of 95 Gold won her The Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky Youth Award in Ukrainian Dance, “presented to the student whose solo performance communicates joy and passion for the art form, conveying the heart and soul of Ukrainian culture and tradition.” The award includes a $100 cheque for the winning performer, a $100 cheque for the dance group to which the performer belongs, an engraved medal (on neck ribbon), a copy of “Show Them What You Can Do” ~ Building the Ukrainian Spirit Across Canada: An Illustrated Biography of Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky, and the trophy, engraved with the winner’s name, kept on display at Tavria School of Ukrainian Dance, Regina, Saskatchewan.
2017 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Tavria Ukrainian Dance Festival, with competitions taking place in Regina March 17-19. This year’s winner of the Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky Youth Award in Ukrainian Dance was presented to 6-year-old Henry Kozun, of Tavria Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble. Henry won a mark of 89 Silver for the impressive musicality demonstrated in this Poltavsky Solo (choreographed by Ivanna Zwarych). Click here for photo and details.
Visit the Tavria website at: http://www.tavria.org/events/tavria-festival.html for information about the 2017 festival.
Darene Roma Yavorsky, Creative Director of The Word & Image Studio, is a member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada and an affiliate ~ under three categories: writer, publisher and visual artist ~ of Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency. She is also a student of the violin.