Lithuanian

   Lithuanian Gallery Wayside Shrine Exhibit



Anna Keraminas recently gifted the museum with two wooden Wayside Shrines. The smaller one is on display in this gallery. The larger one will soon be outside for visitors to admire in the lot between the museum and soon to be open Graham-Ginestra House. These wooden art pieces were hand carved by Anna's husband several years back.They are magestic elaborate wood carvings.
 
Wayside shrines may be seen in vaious countries throughout Europe. The shrines are a significant part of Lithuanian history. The shrine is often a religious image in some sort of shelter, placed by a road or pathway and sometimes in a settlement or crossroad. The styles may vary: simple column style, more elaborate chapel shrine, flat surface style, or decorated with various surface reliefs.

Visitors to this unique gallery will also see traditional Lithuanian straw ornaments crafted by Anna Keraminas. The ornaments are in various styles and sizes in traditional designs such as stars, snowflakes, bird cages, lanterns and angels. Today's straw ornaments are made using plastic straws for the Lithuanian tree in America. In Lithuania many ornaments are still made using thread and wheat or rye straw.

The museum is pleased to offer workshops in Lithuanian Straw Ornament Making. Many Girl Scout troups visit to take advantage of this learning opportunity. For more information, please contact the museum.