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Flowers of Spring by Bohdan Kondra

  • FORUM Arlington 3304 Washington Boulevard Arlington, VA, 22201 United States (map)

Born in Ukraine in 1906, Bohdan Kondra was a veterinarian with the souls of a poet and artist. The eldest of 8 children, Kondra survived the great famine and was known for his eternal optimism. After escaping the communists and immigrating to the United States, Kondra took the only job he could find as a poultry inspector. Yet his artistic soul never waned and he spent all his spare time painting and writing poetry. Despite debilitating arthritis Kondra painted until his dying day at the age of 92. Though not trained in painting, Kondra poetic soul shines through his painting where he somehow is able to capture the essence or soul of inanimate objects. Here is a story of someone who refused to lay his dream aside and this is his legacy.