Did anyone else notice that Helene's Exhibit of Kroje was not EVEN
Does this say something about how the Embassy feels about our beloved
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
, "Gregory J Kopchak" <greg@i...>
> From the Embassy....
> On August 31, 2004 we officially bade farewell to a important
member of our
> embassy team, our Cultural and Science Counsellor, Igor Otcenas.
> will finish his four-year tour of duty in Washington and will open
> chapter of his professional life as a regular employee of the
> Foreign Affairs in Bratislava.
> For the past four years, Mr. Otcenas has worked extensively with
> high-profile Slovak artists who have come to perform or exhibit at
> Slovak chancery in Washington.
> Mr. Otcenas conceived the idea to establish a chancery gallery
> Koloman Sokol, the most prominent Slovak artist of the 20th
> gallery was opened in December 10, 2002 on the occasion of
> birthday. Since then the gallery has provided space for many Slovak
> contemporary artists.
> Thanks to his tireless efforts, the Embassy invited the following
> artists to the United States in order to introduce them or their
work to the
> American public: Peter Dvorsky, Sergej Kopcak, Miroslav Cipar,
> Trizuljakova, Tana Hojcova, Laco Teren, Elena Letnanova, Roman
Feder and the
> Funny Fellows, Yuri Dojc, prof. Eva Blahova, Marian Vojtko, Jan
> his rock band Vidiek, Stanislav Stepka and Radosinske naivne
> Sklovska, Juraj Poliak, Milan Sladek, Jozef Luptak, Peter Breiner,
> "Danglar³ Gertli, Koloman Kertesz-Bagala, Ivan Siller, Andrea
> Kocan, Peter Ronai, Dusan Trancik, Miso Suchy, Andrej Ban, Martin
> Marek Kubos, Peter and Katka Kerekes, Stefan Sarogh, Juraj Kralik
> Vladislav Rostoka, Rudo Sikora, Alex Mlynarcik, Marian Lapsansky,
> Melus, Peter Bielik, Robo Kirchhoff, Jan Salay, Jozef Malik.
> The Embassy also hosted Slovak-American artists and performers
> Eleanor Kotlarik-Wang, Monika Gabriny Rokus, Kitty Klaidman,
> Levicky,Rasto Brezny and Ernest Strednansky.
> One very special guest of the Embassy during Mr. Otcenas tenure
> Brozman, the American guitar virtuoso and frequent visitor to
> whose performance on a special steel guitar called "dobro³ greatly
> the June 2001 program in honor of the opening of the embassy.
> Mr. Otcenas also coordinated the performances of some prestigious
> the United States such as the Bratislava Conservatory Chamber
> Bratislava Boy¹s Choir and The Children¹s Choir of Bratislava.
> Performances by the folk ensembles Raslavican, Sarisan and Kysucka
> have charmed the hearts and minds of not only the Slovak-American
> but also those for whom seeing these groups was a brand-new
> Recently, Mr. Otcenas was a driving force behind the opening of a
> long-term exhibit of Slovak contemporary art "Perfect tense³ under
> curatorship of Dr. Zora Carrier. This show displays almost 100
> Slovak artists done between 1970 and 2003.
> Mr. Otcenas will be replaced by Mrs. Stella Kukuckova from the First
> Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.