A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Radovan Trnavac Mića

Radovan Trnavac was born in 1950 in Kragujevac. He grew up in Valjevo, where he developed his talent and love for art. Having become an artist after graduating at the Academy of Art, Trnavac nourished his talent by making 26 documentary films on his colleagues. He also won a number of awards for his paintings and sculptures while he was still very young. Radovan Trnavac has made a living as an artist since the age of 20.


Back in 1970, Trnavac found the right life approach and the most efficient way to tackle its problems. He perceived its strength and exploited them to stride further and higher, towards new shapes, new paintings and new opportunities to touch the rainbow.

He has had 33 solo exhibitions in former big Yugoslavia (SFRJ), Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, the United States and a number of other countries. He also had more than 700 group exhibitions all over the world.

Trnavac is like a sailor at sea in his art. He is inseparably tied to his work, but also very restrained in his judgments and predictions. He is cautious and isn't trying to be bigger than he is. This kind of wise and talented modesty, combined with genuine confidence, is a virtue typical only for seamen and the above-mentioned painter.

He picks and chooses his expressions, colors and forms. His perceptions and expressions are close to ours. He is hard working painter and very dedicated to his work. He thrives on his paints in black, blue and green, but encourages people to change it for the better.

"I want to believe that one day there will be no homeless and hungry people, especially no hungry children".

Trnavac is strong and lively. He is versatile and colorful, always full of surprises, but most of all firmly committed to himself and his work. He is engaged to each and every one of his paintings and therefore to the reputation he enjoys.

He has been living in New York since 1981. Many of his paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Japan, Macedonia and former Yugoslavia.

"The artist's move from Belgrade to New York reflected in his paintings. The overall mood has shifted from tortured anguish to cautious optimism. Objects are allowed to float freely in space heightening the surrealistic drama and creating a dialectic relation between concrete imagery and formal abstraction. These paintings by Radovan Trnavac are provocative, powerful and meaningful. The power lies not in any grand statement but in their poetic vision and as all good poetry, their meaning is revealed" - Robert H. Browning

In his paintings we can see that long and hard journeys have the good side too. They rescue us from the primitive judgements, cheap expressions and reflexions. He achieved the power of duration. His paintings hide Fenix inside. With every painting, sculpture, exhibition and award, with every new project, he reaffirms himself. On the other hand he wathes us, impounds and learns.

"Today we are daily confronted by offering answer, without question. This comforting beauty art may have its place, I do not know. But what is art that raises question, period? It is the latter quality that makes the recent works of Mića born Radovan Trnavac so compelling, so dangerous. Mića's self-conscious, deeply-felt supranational and responsiveness to universals expressed his salvation. For us, Radovan Trnavac Mića's work is a catalyst spurring an inner search; a dialogue between our primitive self, with its reflexive, socially-conditioned response to divisive symbols; flags, crucifix, Star of David; and our higher, compassionate human being, that, at some level perhaps unconscious permits us to experience kinship with and compassion for fellow man, to care about the state and fate of our planet. Through his bush he conveys his confidence in us. Mića intuits that merely suggesting malaise in our time by means of art is more real than the ego-controlled illusion we call the reality of which we so often speak, but do not heed: that, in the end, we will do what is right. We will find our own answers. In the end, Radovan Trnavac Mića's optimism is justified." - George J. Robinson

His native country is a ray of sunlight to him. He has seen many cities and countries. He has traveled and painted at the same time, in air and at sea. He has learned what the world can offer. He has learned about other living beings, seas, mountains, people, settlements, customs, languages and coexistence between man and nature ...

"I believe in nature and its laws. I think there is no justification for destroying nature and killing animals. That is modern mankind's unforgivable sin..."

He is a man of many talents. He gives all he has with every stroke of the brush when he paints, which is why he has become a source of ideas.

I no longer care how well one can express one's self. I care how well one can do something and how one does it - Nobel Prize winner in literature Ivo Andrić

Radovan Trnavac Mića lives in New York, so far and yet so near. He dedicates every spring to us. He knows how to love and has the will to strive for our culture and our future. He wants to transform us into colorful, talented and stunningly beautiful people.

"I oppose wars of any kind because I believe the civilized world knows other ways of resolving problem peacefully ..."

His paintings show that it would be easy to create heaven on earth for artists of his likes. He has access to each and every road and all the doors of life are open to him.

Wishing to return his kindness, the town of Valjevo has founded the International Art Studio "Radovan Trnavac Mića".

Those who seek happiness in the happiness of as many people they communicate with as possible, have the best chance of finding it... - Ivo Andrić

Radovan Trnavac Mića is an artist who knows that love is a law above all others. He knows that reputation is earned by hard work. One who works hard may not be loved but is always respected. The world is where Mića decides to create.


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Stefan Milenkovich

Awarded as Serbia's "Brand Personality of the Year" for 2010, Stefan Milenkovich is a unique artist with an extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity. His musical philosophy as well as lifestyle are a true definition of eclectic, exploring general human and musical heritage and experience in order to connect directly with the audiences and provide fun, engaging and energetic performances.


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Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори

Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење

Епископ Атанасије (Јевтић)

У издању Севастијан преса из Лос Анђелеса и Братства Св. Симона Мироточивог из Врњачке Бање, недавно је изашла нова књига Атанасија (Јевтића), умировљеног Владике херцеговачког, Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори - Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење.

Текст ове књиге је написан сада већ далеке 1990.године, и до данас био необјављен будући да је само за Синодске Оце Архијереје био намењен ради превазилажења тзв. „Америчког раскола“. Данас, када је тај српски раскол литургијски и административно превазиђен, сасвим је разумљиво и пожељно било да се овај текст предочи јавности.

На молбу Светог Архијерејског Синода, ондашњи јеромонах Атанасије је сва питања везана за болни раскол у српској дијаспори ставио под светлост православне Еклисиологије и Предања, што је био једини начин за њихово суочавање како би се дошло што ближе до зацељивања раскола. Читалац ће приметити како је он савесно и непристрасно проанализирао цело питање раскола и дао целисходне икономијске предлоге за његово решење. Ова књига је резултат његовог савесног христољубивог и црквољубивог рада.

Конкретан резултат Атанасијевог еклисиолошког предлога била је обнова евхаристијског општења и помирења које је постигнуто на празник Сретења Господњег, 15. фебруара 1992. године у Саборној Цркви у Београду, када су Српски Патријарх Павле и чланови Светог Архијерејског Сабора служили са Митрополитом Иринејем (Ковачевићем), дотадашњим епископом у расколу. Коначно, 21. маја 2009. године, Свети Архијерејски Сабор је донео одлуку и о коначном административном јединству Српске Цркве у Северној и Јужној Америци.

Истовремено, ова књига осветљава битно питање Дијаспоре. Дијаспора је пред Православну Цркву поставила два битна проблема: питање провере исправности нашег схватања Цркве, оног које се у последњим вековима код многих од нас усталило, и питање мисије Цркве у свету.

Књига је изашла са благословом Епископа новограчаничког и средњезападноамеричког Лонгина и Епископа западноамеричког Максима.

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Contemporary Ecclesiological Reminderon the Diaspora:
History and analysis of so called “American schism” (1963-1992) and recommendations for its overcoming

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

Recently, a new book by Athanasius (Yevtich), retired Bishop of Herzegovina, was published in Serbian by Sebastian Press of Los Angeles in cooperation with St. Simeon the Myrrh-streaming of Vrnjacka Banja.

This book was written in a now already distant year of 1990. This is its first publishing since the original intent was to have it available only for the hierarchs of the Holy Synod for the purpose of overcoming the so-called “American schism” within the Serbian diaspora. Presently, as the Serbian schism has been liturgically and administratively vanquished, it is understandable and desirable to have this valuable research available to the public.

At the request of the Holy Synod, back then hieromonk Atanasije acceded to collect all relevant documents in reference to painful schism in Serbian Diaspora, placing them in the light of Orthodox Ecclesiology and Holy Tradition, which was the only way to face it properly and bring it closer to healing.The readers will notice how Bishop Atanasije analyzed responsibly, and impartially the whole question of schism, and at the same time provided comprehensive, integral and thorough ecclesial economy, recomendations for solutions.This book is the result of his Christ-loving and Church-loving labor.

A tangible result of Atanasije's ecclesiological recommendation was the Eucharistic renewal, communion, and reconciliation which was established on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, February 15, 1992. At the Cathedral in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Paul and hierarchs of the Holy Episcopal Assembly celebrated for the first time together since the schism, with Metropolitan Iriney (Kovacevic), up until then, schismatic bishop in Diaspora.Finally, on May 21, 2009, the Holy Assembly made a decission about conclusive administrative unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

In the same time this book reveals crucial question regarding Diaspora, because ecclesial organization of the Orthodox Church abroad presents itself with at least two problems: a) a check-up of our interpretation and comprehension of the Church, especifically of the last couple of centuries existing convictions, and b) a question of the Church mission in the World.

This book is published with the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica - Midwestern America, and His Grace, Bishop Maxim of Western American Diocese, of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South America.

Price $15

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