POLANKI
the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee

Wisconsin, U.S.A.
WITAMY ~ WELCOME

 

POLANKI, INC.
P.O. Box 341458
Milwaukee, WI 53234

(414) 858-9357

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Diane Holytz
President

Camille Shaw

1st Vice-President

Margie Hess
2nd Vice-President

Jean Wroblewski

Treasurer
Katherine Ott

Recording Secretary
Wanda Kosmalski

Corresponding Secretary
Charlotte Dzimiela

Historian
Marjorie Piechowski

Publicity
Louise Cieslak

Membership
Geraldine Reszel

Newsletter Editor

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Bernie Jendrzejczak

Ewa Barczyk-Pease

Edith Malson
Susan Mikoś
Advisors

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Ewa Barczyk-Pease

Susan Mikoś
Edith Malson

Polanki Library

Judy Chattin

Pierogi Festival

Diane Holytz

Soup Festival

Edith Malson

Sunshine Club

Susan Konecny

Rita Michalak

Kathy Wieczorek

Wianki - Polish Wreaths

Lidia & Monika Sobierajski

Webmaster

 

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO POLANKI MEMBERS

GERALDINE RESZEL - 2014 WALL OF FAME


Congratulations to active member Geraldine Reszel, Newsletter Editor, who was chosen by the
International Institute to be a 2014 Wall of Honor Recipient. Geraldine has been a member of Polanki since 1980 and immediately got involved in Holiday Folk Fair. In 1982, when Polish was the honored
group, a play was written about a Polish wedding, and Geraldine played the mother of the groom.
Geraldine carried merchandise to vehicles, set up the sales booth, broke it down and carried merchandise to and from vehicles late at night for many years. Later she decided to work in the
kitchen of the food booth because she did not have to wear a costume. She baked dozens of
Polish cheesecakes, cooked, put out a fire, toted water, washed pans, set up, tore down, etc., until
Polanki finally decided the food booth was not profitable. When Janet Branden passed away,
Geraldine offered her basement to warehouse Polanki’s merchandise. Geraldine has been on
Polanki’s Board since 1982; first as corresponding secretary and then as newsletter editor.

BERNADINE JENDRZEJCZAK - 2014 ARTISAN GUILD

Bernadine Jendrzejczak began working in the craft of wycinanki, Polish paper cutting nearly 40 years ago. Wycinanki developed in central and northeastern Poland in the regions of £owicz and Kurpie. Each region has its own style of Wycinanki that reflects that part of Poland’s natural environment. £owicz, which Jendrzejczak practices, grew out of a setting of lush, green plain dotted with flowers. These qualities are manifest in £owicz’s utilization of bright colors and flower motifs. Kurpie, on the other hand, is a more heavily wooded area reminiscent of northern Wisconsin. Its style of paper cutting exhibits rectangular rather than circular motifs and is generally monochromatic.

Jendrzejczak describes her practice of Wycinanki as like being a single atom in a long chain–a connection to her heritage. She was introduced to Wycinanki as an adult. A member of Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee, where she was known for her talent in embroidery and other crafts, Jendrzejczak was nudged into Wycinanki by the organization’s president who would donate older women’s Wycinanki materials to Jendrzejczak after they had passed away. Finally, Jendrzejczak relented and discovered her joy and enthusiasm for Polish paper cutting. Taking up Wycinanki depends less on artistic training or background than it does on having the right moment with it, Jendrzejczak says. She is currently teaching her nieces the intricacies of Wycinanki.

Over nearly 40 years of doing Wycinanki, Jendrzejczak says that her work has become less traditional. She
explores motifs and subject matter traditionally foreign to the craft. Transformations in the tools and
materials have also led to changes in how she does Wycinanki. When the craft began nearly 250 years ago as a way to beautify cottages, inked newspaper stock and sheep shears were Wycinanki’s lingua franca. Today, 5-inch scissors, water based glue, and a combination of fadeless and origami paper enables Jendrzejczak to produce more refined work with more delicate tools. What has not changed, however, is the challenge of vision in Wycinanki: working from the back side with only one eighth of the work means that you must be willing to devote a lot of time to uncertainty. In one of the most meaningful pieces she produced, Jendrzejczak pioneered a square, rather than circular piece, featuring four pairs of roosters in place of eight individual ones. This piece’s literal unfolding made it so special, the final product was more beautiful than Jendrzejczak imagined.

–Reprint of write up about Bernie on Artisan Wall at Holiday Folk Fair-2014.

2015-2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 
DATE & TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
INFO

January 17, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Poland Under Glass

Mitchell Park Domes

January 26, 2015

* Application Deadline *

College Achievement Awards
Application Deadline:

January 26, 2015

Feb. 20 - Apr. 3, 2015
4:30 - 8:00 PM

Library & Gift Shop will be open during the Fish Fries

March 15, 2015
Spring Bazaar

March 22, 2015

Check back later!

April 26, 2015
2:00 PM
June 12-14, 2015

Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds

October 11, 2015
11:00 - 3:00 PM
Check back later!

November 20, 2015
Fri: 2:00 PM-10:00 PM

November 21, 2015
Sat: 10:00 AM-10:00 PM

November 22, 2015
Sun: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

December 6, 2015
Holiday Bazaar/Brunch at PCW
 

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS OF RESTORED MONUMENT

The Kosciuszko monument has been fully restored and returned to the park.

The Rededication Ceremony of the monument took place at on Monday, November 11, 2013 Veteran's Day in the United States and Independence Day in Poland.

For more information, photos and videso on this restoration project
please visit Restore Kosciuszko Monument or Facebook