Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn is an accomplished Canadian artist. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout North and South America, Australia, and Europe. Welcome to


"Music to OurEars"

“I'm a composer. I happen to be a woman and that's one thing, but I'm not a woman composer. I'm a composer. I'm an artist first.That drives my life.”  ~ Violet Archer,1913-2000  

Inspired by the Montreal-born composer Violet Archer, this painting,"Music to Our Ears" is dedicated to all women who pursue their passion and natural talents.  Violet Archer filled her life with composing, performing and teaching others to share their musical gifts. National pride was reflected in her compositions as she drew on pure Canadian inspirations such as Inuit folklore, northern weather, and Maritime folk songs.



Research Roadtrip

I am currently on the road, travelling across Canada on ViaRail, stopping along the way and collecting information about Ukrainian Canadian embroidered Pillows/cushions for my Master's Thesis and future Art Projects.  I have been posting daily reports on my FaceBook page please check out my progress and the beautiful embroidery that I have seen. 

CLICK HERE for Daily Updates

Note - The photo above was taken in the Twerdochlib household in Mississauga, ON; the 21 pillows represent 4 generations of of creative needlework in Canada.


Stitched Narratives

You are invited!

University of Alberta Exhibition

Human Ecology Gallery

(Corner of 89 Ave & 116 St. - Edmonton)


April 9, 2015, to February 19, 2016.


Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, Stephanie Huolt,Robyn Stobbs and Sarah Woodyard co-curators as part of the graduate course"Material Culture and Curatorship" (HECOL 668).

Stitched objects communicate powerful ideas to those who understand a needle’s language. Though they speak differently than words on a page, seamstresses’ and embroiderers’ creations are rich in cultural,historical, and social meaning. “Stitched Narratives” explores these modes of expression, unraveling hand sewing’s complex stories. From eighteenth-century gowns and quilted textiles that speak of a highly organized and skilled labour force to twentieth-century garments that link the present to the past to remember a journey of immigration, the exhibition tells woven tales and showcases the hand’s many talents.

Sponsored by The Kule Institute for Advanced Study and TheBohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives.

Opening reception April 9, 2015, from 5 to 6 pm.

For more information:  CLICK HERE


Dance Season

It’s dance completiontime and students are rehearsing and preparing 

for solos, duets and group performances.  

Celebrate their great talents. 

To order a dance keepsake CLICK HERE


Spring Discount 

& Free Shipping

Take advantage of our spring discount from now until May 31, 2015.

Free Shipping on all orders within Canada.

In Edmonton, Artwork by Larisa is now available at:

Cobblestone Freeway - Gallery & Gift Shop

10848 - 69 Ave.Edmonton, AB

Open M W F from 9– 5  or call to make arrangements!

Office: (780)436.7482  Toll Free: 1-855-787-7482


Free presentation

The Ukrainian Pioneer Association of Alberta

Invite you to a presentation by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 7pm

Solarium, St. John’s Auditorium - 10611 110 Ave, Edmonton, AB 

Come and learn more about the embroidered pillow, one of the iconic decorative accessories found in many Ukrainian Canadian homes. Open to the public and free of charge, the evening’s illustrated talk will also include a brief report on the recent activities of the UPAA and its plans for the coming year.



Visit Larisa’s homestudio!

Everyone is welcome tovisit Larisa’s home studio. 

Pleasephone ahead or email to make an appointment.



Phone: (780)479-2813


“EasterPaska” – A Fundraising Project

For more about this image CLICK HERE

Many of Larisa’s paintings have been created as fundraising projects for various organizations.Here are a few that you may want to check out:

              "Once aKozak..." - Cheremosh Dance Ensemble - Edmonton

“WaitingBackstage” – Tryzub Ukrainian Dance School in Calgary

“Prairie Church” –Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

“Pryvit” -Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association – Edmonton

“Fabric of aNation” – National Council of Women of Canada

“EmbroideredMemories” – Cheremosh Dance Ensemble – Edmonton

“Psalm 104” –Flowers of the Bible Society

"Homelessness" -National Council of Women of Canada


“1000 Pillow Project”

Many of us have inherited our grandmother's/mother's/aunt's embroidered pillows. They represent hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed stitchery and we have kept them out of respect and the sheer beauty of them.

Currently, I am working on a new project. An art installation/exhibit in which I intend to incorporated 1000 embroidered pillows, as well as projections and paintings. Since first posting my idea on line this past summer I have collected over 200 pillows and images. It’s a start.  But I really want to make an impression on how talented and prolific these women were.  To fill a room with 1000 pillows would be awesome. So I am asking for your help in two ways:

  1.  As you are cleaning out closets and trunks, if you come across an embroidered pillow case (any culture) think of me. We can either arrange for it to be donated to the Medvidsky Archives at UAlberta (where it will be preserved and there for all to enjoy forever) or if you could lend it to me that would be great, or just a scan of it would be wonderful.
  2. If you are involved with a group that I could come talk to about my project please let me know. (eg Women’s Association, quilting group, embroidery club)


Please share this with as many people as you know.


If you have Pillows/Pillowcovers  you would like to include in this project

please contact me for further details:


Larisa’s Art Blog

This section is saved for sharing of ideas and techniques. 

To visit my blog  CLICK HERE


Student Art Blog

Boys & Girls

Over the last few months I myself have been a student at the University of Alberta.  One of the courses I took was MLCS 399 - Canadian Graphic Novels.   For the final project we were challenged to illustrate the story “Boys & Girls” by Canadian author Alice Munro who recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Enjoy Part here

40 years ago this happened...

"SELO ’74”  
The first Ukrainian Cultural Immersion Camp

Forty years ago, in 1974, the Ukrainian Cultural Immersion Camp  a.k.a. “Selo” concept was developed  as a cultural immersion experience. This first camp marked the beginning of an eleven year experience that produced some of today’s most prominent artists, organizers, scholars, and business entrepreneurs in the Ukrainian Canadian community.

To see photos CLICK HERE


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Displays and Publications


There are now two catalogs available of Larisa's work.



"An Ensemble ofColour"

Howthe painting was created - An interview with Larisa   CLICK HERE

"Creating An Ensemble ofColour has been one of the most rewarding projects that I haveworked on to date.  Featuring a glimpse of a magnificent wardrobe of Ukrainiandance costumes that have been worn over the past 40 years, the finished piece isover 16 feet wide and is the largest single image that I have ever produced."    ~ Larisa


Click here for more information and to see the full image

Larisa's artwork is also available at the following locations:


CobblestoneFreeway - Gallery & Giftshop

10848 - 69 Ave. Edmonton, AB

Open M W F from 9 – 5  or call to make arrangements!

Office: (780) 436.7482  Toll Free: 1-855-787-7482

Kamena Gallery
(780) 944-9497

Art By Larisa
(780) 479-2813


Sharron's Frame Shop

5019 50 St



(204) 942 0218



Quebec// Ontario