b'. TO N. MARKEVICH(,),, Bandurist, my blue-grey eagle, , ! Your fortunes can soar high!For you have wings, and you,, have strength,! And time in which to fly. , They wait for you in our; Ukraine, There fly with vigour free!? I, too, would fly along with you, , But who would welcome me?1840 Taras Shevchenko,1840 St. Petersburg Translated by C.H. AndrusyshenVALERIY SEMENKOEdmonton artist Valeriy Semenko was born in the picturesque part of Western Ukraine, Bukovyna, in 1961. He began his art education at the School of Fine Art in his hometown of Chernivtsi, and later became a student of the Ivan Fedoriv Publishing Academy, Faculty of Graphic Arts, in Lviv, Ukraine. As a graphic artist he created and published illustrated thematic books and art calendars. His personal artistry and editorial expertise graced numerous art catalogues, posters, and invitations for numerous exhibitions which took place in Germany, France, Lithuania, and Ukraine. He is a member of the Union of Advertisement Designers of Ukraine. Artworks by Valeriy are in private collections worldwide. ShevchenkoFoundationAnnualReport/ 33'