Marijana - Seasons and Holidays
There are always paintings being painted in my mind. I love the change of seasons. After the passing of some years I must paint the four seasons in a different way,but its always Strawberry Hill—Marijana Grisnik
This online exhibit includes general paintings of the seasons and the holidays within and two of Marijana's series paintings. One is in the shape of the hill and the other is in a basket. Each contains many details so be sure to look at the images carefully.
It is obvious that Marijana's favorite season is winter.
Marijana and Friends
I love cats and snowmen.
Grandma with Christmas bread and decorated tree.
Winter (Basket series)
Marijana has painted many events that take place in winter into this basket. Study it closely and see how many you can identify.
Neighbors walking home during a cold snow storm.
These houses were on Third and Barnett. Everyone kept the sidewalks clean.
House on Strawberry Hill
Looking outside at everyone having fun in the snow.
After the Big Snow
The Zupanac house was on Fourth Street. Children came to play in the snow.
The people from the street department set up barriers and smudge pots on the top of the Hill on Thompson Street. The children sledded down, but had a long walk up.
Snow, Snow, Snow
Coming home after sledding.
Winter Storm Is Ending
A cat sits on the railing on Mrs. Plesa's porch.
Grandpa is watering his garden. Macka, my cat, who sat under my easel for many years while I was painting, passed of old age while I was doing this painting.
Spring (Basket Series)
See how many details you can identify in this basket.
Mother and child with flowers and chicken.
Summer (Basket Series)
Look for the games children are playing and the various kinds of work the women are doing.
Father with his tamburitza bass and wine.
Autumn (Basket Series)
Why is the woman upset with the man burning leaves?
Everyone raked leaves in the autumn. The old people always said, "Those aren't our leaves."
Holidays on Strawberry Hill
St. Lucy's Day
A tradition carried from the old country was St. Lucy's Day, December 14. This marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the New Year on Strawberry Hill. On this day the women put grain into a saucer and watered it. If the wheat grew well by Christmas it meant that your family would have health and prosperity in the new year. If the wheat did not grow you were going to have misfortune in the coming year.
The traditional foods of the season are Christmas bread (Bo?i?njàk), Sweet nut bread (povitica), fried cookie (pohanse), dressing (nadjev), sausage (kobasica), cabbage rolls (sarma), and plum brandy (sljivovica).
This painting of winter on the Hill shows some of the traditions related to Strawberry Hill. The church is in the honored place at the top of the Hill. The houses are nestled in a blanket of snow. Grandma is sitting at the table. The wheat she planted on St. Lucy's Day is on the left of the table. It is growing well indicating the family will have a prosperous new year.
Buying Our Christmas Tree
Christmas trees were sold at Jaksa Yarmek's grocery store on Fourth Street.
Bringing Home the Christmas Tree
Everyone had a small decorated tree in their home at Christmas.
Our House on Christmas Eve
Neighbors coming to visit and bring gifts.
Santa Claus Is Coming
The children inside the warm houses on the Hill are dreaming of Santa.
The family opens gifts on Christmas morning.
Traditional foods women take to Saint John's Church to be blessed (Blagoslov) on Holy Saturday.
Going to Church in Easter Hats
Barnett Street across from the church. The old widow--the young girl (Marijana), Mother, and little sisters (JoAnn and Barbara) are going to church in new Easter hats.
Fourth of July Celebration
The barbershop was always busy. On the 4th of July the children had fun with small fire crackers, snakes, and caps in toy guns.
Halloween—Trick or Treating
Halloween on the Hill
Trick or treat on Fourth Street.
Maskare (Masquerade) on Strawberry Hill
The children made their costumes from an old sheet, Mother's dress with a mop for hair, Grandpas old suit, or underwear stuffed with a pillow.
(Select each painting to see a larger view. The words in italics are directly from Marijana.)