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Joan Brander

Baba's Beeswax Pysanky Studio
artist, author, instructor, lecturer

Pysanky expert and local author Joan Brander has over 50 years experience in creating pysanky and over 25 years conducting workshops in this unique art form. As a child in Saskatchewan she learned the age-old tradition that was passed down through the generations from her grandmother whom she called “Baba”. Responding to the growing interest in this popular activity, in 1991 Joan began giving workshops in schools, community centres and special interest events.
An ancient legend says that as long as pysanky are being made, evil shall not prevail over good in the world. Preserving one of the great traditions of all time, you can also save the world . . . . one pysanka at a time . . . .

  • Author, Pysanka Power — Writing Eggs with Beeswax and Dyes : Instructions, information, and money saving tips for all levels of experience 2014
  • Author, Pysanka Power : Birthday Party Ideas and Planner 2012
  • Author, About the Pysanka--It Is Written! A Bibliography 2007
  • Author, Pysanky on Paper: An Activity Book for Children 1997
  • Author, Pysanka Power Pamphlets 1996 to present
  • Presenter, 2008 Pysanka Symposium, Washington, DC 2008
  • Visual Artist, Art Starts in Schools, Vancouver
  • Director, Ukrainian Community Society of Ivan Franko, Richmond
  • Editor, EGGS-aminer, a newsletter dedicated to the art of Pysanky

Art Shows, Museums and Galleries

  • Hidden Passions - British Columbia Institute of Technology (2013)
  • Richmond Museum
  • Moncton Museum - Eggfest '97 (July 28 to August 10, 1997)
  • Richmond Art Centre - 2013
  • Richmond Art Gallery - 1980
  • Richmond Art Gallery/Richmond School Board "Arts for Life" - 2001
  • Surrey Museum "Ukrainian Spirit" - 2013


  • British Columbia Ukrainian Arts Council, Vancouver
  • British Columbia Ukrainian Cultural Festival, Langley
  • Ukrainian Centennial Days, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver 1991 and 2000
  • Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver 1992
  • Ukrainian Showcase, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver 1992
  • Ukrainian Canadian Congress, BC Branch 2011
  • 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada Celebration 2011

See more about Joan Brander here.

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