The Polish Art Center was originally founded in 1958, by Polish immigrant Joseph Kalenkiewicz. Located in downtown Hamtramck, the small Polish import shop was later sold in 1973 to Raymond and Joan Bittner, who had long since dreamed of running a family-owned and operated business celebrating Poland and all her rich cultural traditions. That dream actually began in 1967, when Raymond first fell in love with Poland during an educational pilgrimage. Later, he met Joan, a Canadian of Scottish descent, who immediately became enamored with Raymond's Polish heritage. The two residents of Farmington Hills, married, moved to Hamtramck and eventually welcomed three children who would go on to help support the family business.
Since then, the Bittners have developed The Polish Art Center into one of the country's premier emporiums of Polish cultural and traditional goods. The Center is also an important member of the Hamtramck Polish community. Aside from preserving Polish heritage through The Center's wide assortment of items, Raymond and Joan remain active in their civic duties, regularly displaying their Polish cultural artifacts at festivals, schools and libraries. In 2004, the couple expanded their operation into an adjacent building and converted it into an educational center featuring lectures, book signings, folk-art demonstrations, and pisanki-making classes.
Visit the Website: www.polartcenter.com
Wrocław, the capital of the Lower Silesia, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Located at the foot of the Sudeten mountains, at the Oder river, crossed with its numerous tributaries and channels, is an exceptional city of twelve islands and over one hundred bridges.
The walls of the city are a silent witness of its stormy history. The Ostrów Tumski resembles the times of the early Middle Ages –you will find there one of the most beautiful complexes of architecture in Europe, still in excellent state. Other monument from this period, the Wrocław town hall, is ranked among the most wonderful Gothic buildings in the Centre of Europe. Furthermore, in Wrocław you will see ones of the biggest baroque interiors which remained until our times. The Leopoldyńska Hall located in the eighteenth-century building of the University will then certainly catch your attention.
The history of Wroclaw is constantly broadened and enriched with prestigious scientific and cultural events. Besides, there is also the famous Polish hospitality and openness of this city. Thus, everyone, who arrives here , will certainly see and experience something interesting, no matter if he spends here just a few hours or a few days...
More about Wrocław on www.wroclaw.pl