Churches of Lemkivshchyna
Turning his focus and interest to church architecture of Lemkivshchyna was a logical progression for artist and iconographer Pavlo Lopata. The 60 oil paintings reflect a meticulously researched body of work which represents wooden churches. Most of these churches were destroyed by more than one occupier. Historical material was obtained by researching old photographs, architectural drawings and books on the subject. This project was commissioned by John Popiel, a native of this region, for his private collection. Fifty-five paintings from the collection were donated in 1999 to Bishop Adam of the Peremyshl-Novosanchiwsky Eparchy, and are on permanent display in the Diocesan Museum Centre of the Holy Trinity Orthodox church in Horlytsi, Poland. Additional paintings of churches by the artist are in private collections in Canada, the USA and England.