Folk Arts Traveling Exhibits
The daughter of immigrant parents, artist Alice Wadowski-Bak (1935-2008) grew up in a thriving Catholic, Polish-American community in Niagara Falls, NY. Throughout her life, Bak created numerous works that drew inspiration from the rich seasonal and liturgical customs, as well as the traditional arts, that had surrounded her. Offering examples of Bak's work in different media--paintings, line drawings, and traditional paper-cuts (wycinanki), Through Polish-American Eyes is largely arranged to follow the annual seasonal celebrations of Polish-Americans, both sacred and secular, that take place in parish churches and family homes. At once nostalgic and forward-looking, Bak's illustrations and paper-cuts demonstrate a sharp observation of lived experience touched by a hope for its continued relevance.