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From Ukraine With Love

An artisanal apple tree sculpture representing friendship,  knowledge and craftsmanship has taken root at Central Library.

From left: Steve Hodskins, sculptor; Mrs. Anushkevychus; Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Viktor Anushkevychus; Chrystia Sonevytsky, ASCA Ivano-Frankivsk Committee; Library Director Diane Kresh; blacksmith Curt Welch; and Central Library manager Margaret Brown.

Built in the blacksmith’s shop at Gulf Branch Nature Center, the metalwork was created by local smiths working with visiting craftsmen from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, Arlington’s newest sister city.

The mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Viktor Anushkevychus, presented the work to Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh on Jan. 24 at Central Library during a tour of the County.

Ivano-Frankivsk is known for its talented blacksmiths and in May hosts an annual international festival featuring the hand-forged art.



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  1. Curt Welch says:

    Just for the record, the visiting Blacksmith from the Ukraine who led this project was Anatoliy Rudik. It was his leadership and drive that made this project happened.

    • Darius Johnson says:

      Curt, great to see the tree is now on display at the Library. Other local people outside our guild will have a chance to see some of the type of work we smiths are turning out.

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