This year Polanki nominated active member Bernadine Jendrzejczak for the Holiday Folk Fair
Wall of Fame. Noting her years of service to the Polanki Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee, Bernie has proven herself worthy of this distinct honor. Bernie Jendrzejczak is an accomplished folk artist and a leader in several Polish cultural organizations. As a member of Polanki since 1976, she has created numerous cultural exhibits for Holiday Folk Fair. She has also chaired Polanki’s Marketplace booth at the Folk Fair. In addition, she has conducted folk art workshops and often demonstrates the art of Polish paper cutting, or wycinanki. Through her 37 years of involvement, she has come to know participants from many other ethnic groups. With her enthusiasm and friendly demeanor, Bernie truly embodies the spirit of Folk Fair International.
In 1994, her paper cutting work was featured in “Passed to the Present,” a traveling exhibition organized by the Cedarburg Cultural Center and Wisconsin’s Ethnic Settlement Trail. In 1998, Bernie was chosen to represent Wisconsin at the Smithsonian Institution’s Annual Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and the following year, she was part of Wisconsin’s delegation to a folklife Festival in Chiba, Japan. Bernie’s wycinanki were the subject of a special exhibition at the Milwaukee County Historical Society in 2001. She regularly demonstrates her art at Polish Fest, the Stevens Point Cultural Festival, Old World Wisconsin, Trimborn Farm and other venues around the state.
Bernie served as an officer and president of Polanki for many years. She has created a number of
cultural displays for Polish Fest. Bernie is also active at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, where
she serves on the Board of Directors, organizes cultural events, and conducts folk art workshops.
Through her art and community service, Bernie Jendrzejczak fosters appreciation of Polish
culture and folk arts. Her knowledge and dedication to preserving Polish heritage are an inspiration to many.
The induction ceremony took place at the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Holiday Folk Fair,
Friday, November 22, 2013, in the All Nations Theater.
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