Thursday, March 17, 2022

"Papcio Chmiel" Film Screening with his Daughter, Monika Chmielewski Lehman, 27 February 2022

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski, Wikimedia Commons

 Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club presented the screening of the documentary film entitled "Papcio Chmiel",  directed by Petro Aleksowski, at the home of Monika and David Lehman, in Pasadena, CA. The meeting was  held at 5:30 pm on Saturday, 27 February 2022.

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski, Wikimedia Commons

"Papcio Chmiel" is a documentary about the Polish artist Henryk Chmielewski - the author of the famous comic book "Tytus, Romek and A'Tomek". When appearing in  the film "Papcio Chmiel" he was 97 years old and his art is seen through the prism of the perception and passion of a 12-year-old boy, and as seen by scholars, students, family and friends.  These multiple perspectives enriched the film. 

The artist, born in 1923, died in 2021, after a turbulent life, incl. participation in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, in the 7th Infantry Regiment of the Home Army "Garłuch". In 1950–1956 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the Faculty of Graphics. He worked as an illustrator in the popular press, and from 1957 he published a series of comics about two boys and their long-tailed friend. He published 31 volumes of this comic book by 2009, and then created a series of unnumbered books about his young heroes taking part in historical events - the Warsaw Uprising, the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, the Battle of Grunwald, the Vienna Relief of King Jan Sobieski, etc

Ulica Papcio Chmiela, Wikimedia Commons

After the buffet dinner at 6pm and the film screening of the film at 7 pm (buffet dinner prior to screening), there will be an interview with the daughter of the artist, Monika Chmielewska Lehman. The  buffet dinner will include two special organic and health dishes created by Eliza Boughous, Ms. Lehman's friend and personal chef - Nutty Red Rice with Herbs and Mushroom Medley. In addition we will serve Armenian Chicken and Japanese Sushi rolls. For dessert homemade cakes: "Bergerowka" by Marek Berger with red oranges, sponge cake with nectarines by Ewa Malachowska and two-color cake by Mary Kubal,

MONIKA CHMIELEWSKA LEHMAN - who organized the event in her home created a tapestry with the likeliness of her father (above) and was working on a tapestry of Our Lady of the Bright Mount for the Catholic Cathedral in California (former site of the Crystal Cathedral). For her generosity she received white tulips and a diploma from the Club.

Monika Lehman z najnowszym gobelinem w trakcie pracy

Monika Chmielewski Lehman, Artur Chmielewski z dyplomem od Klubu.

Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Basia Nowicka, Elzbieta Kanski

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