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Mariam’s Easter Parade to Publish in 2015

In Post on January 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm


Written by Marianne Markarian and illustrated by Margaret Markarian Wasielewski, Mariam’s Easter Parade is a children’s picture book story of young girl who might be too small to help with the Easter preparations, but she is clever enough to celebrate with her own special parade!

Easter is a major holiday for the Armenia people. Not only do they celebrate their Christian religion, but they also mark the occasion with food, festivities, and egg-fighting contests. Using her grandmother’s life in “the old country” as inspiration Markarian has crafted a story that displays with cultural accuracy how Armenians in the Ottoman Empire celebrated Easter.

The hardcover, jacketed book lists for $16.00 and includes vivid pastel illustrations which portray the beautiful countryside and colorful dress of the Armenian people in the early 1900s.

It will be available after Feb. 23 at Amazon.com, Abril Books, LittleArmenia.com, Sardarabad Books, Vroman’s. Others will be added in the next couple of weeks, so check back.

To schedule readings, school presentations, art exhibits, or book signings, contact Pomegranate Publishing at (805) 684-9570 or mailto:pomegranatepub@cox.net.

Read the full press release.

Armenian Heritage Tour Exhibition by Margaret Markarian Wasielewski

In Post on August 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

In 2007, Margaret Wasielewski and her daughters traveled to Armenia tracing their Armenian heritage. Her exhibition in August 2014 at the Women’s Art Club and Cultural Center was the result of that exploration. Her pastel, oil and watercolor paintings bring Armenia’s landscape, people and places into focus through the artist’s eyes.

artshow postcard

Over 70 people attended the show, which ran from August 3-12, 2014. For the opening, Margaret prepared a sampling of her Armenian cooking, serving gatah, derevi sarma, lavosh, khavourmah, paklavah, cheoreg, and more! In the photo below, Margaret (left) poses with her niece and daughters in front of a wedding portrait of her parents that she painted from an original photograph.


Marge earned a BFA at the University of Cincinnati and is an active member of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Art Club. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Detroit, Cincinnati, Florida, and Chicago. Below is a pastel of the Carahunge, also known as the Armenian stonehedge.


Margaret’s Paintings “Miriam’s Odyssey” Shown at YMCA Women’s Gallery in Cincinnati

In Post on March 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm


The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery bravely salutes the legacy of Mariam Raisian Markarian as told by her daughter, Margaret Markarian Wasielewski in her paintings. Having heard stories from her mother about the injustices suffered during her mother’s childhood in Turkish Armenia, Ms. Wasielewski felt compelled to tell the story of her mother’s tragic experiences of 1915 in Armenia and her life after she reached America.

The large oils depict village scenes: children playing on the rooftops where they would be safe from invaders, gathered around the toneer- a wood stove used for making bread, and children’s misfortune as they are lifted to a horseman who abducts them from their homes and families. The work is significant. It is a startling reminder of the injustices suffered at the hands of others, but a beautiful legacy to her mother’s life.

Margaret Markarian Wasielewski is a painter and sculptor living in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Visit to Armenia –May 2007

In Post on February 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Spent 10 amazing days in Armenia touring the countryside, visiting ancient churches, eating wonderful food, and learning about the Armenian culture.

The Pesky Bird is now available at two bookstores in Yerevan: Artbridge Cafe and Bookstore and Noyan Tapan