Ukrainian Kids Art

An Art Exhibition to Support Ukrainian Children, April 30th – May 21st

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is proud to be a sponsoring partner of the upcoming “Ukrainian Kids Art” exhibition. The opening reception will be held on April 30th, at 6:00 pm, at the Chasen Gallery II in Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239, and runs through May 21st.

To get a quick sense of the artwork watch this CBS evening news video:

Through their artworks the young people express their commentary on the dramatic events unfolding since the Russian aggression. These kids have a need to share, to feel that their story is being told to a larger community. Some paint images of war, some share dreams of peace, past and future…the artworks convey hope and suffering, portrayed as both magic and reality. It is deeply human testimony.

We will be accepting donations and providing high quality prints of the art to donors. Donations will be channeled to schools and the artists themselves.

The exhibition is made possible by a creative partnership of artists, educators, and other professionals from the United States, Ukraine, and Poland. They were brought together by the need to act.

Wojtek Sawa – Sarasota, FL is a visual artist specializing in participatory installations. His installations have been exhibited locally at the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Salvador Dali Museum, Art Center Sarasota, and other venues.

Artem Bykovets – Kyiv, Ukraine is a world class specialist in software design. He and his wife Nastia have now invested their time and money in an art therapy program for Ukrainian kids and in creating a collection of kids art at “uakids.today”  https://www.instagram.com/uakids.today/

Julia Leśniewska – Gdańsk, Poland is the principal of Primary School #39. The school runs a special program for the many Ukrainian refugee kids attending.

Kasia Kimaczyńska – Warsaw, Poland is an architect currently running an art therapy program for Polish and Ukrainian kids.

Our deep thanks go to Andrew Chasen and Jozef Batko for graciously donating their gallery and studio space to the exhibit.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition we will be organizing auxiliary events in the gallery space: Ukrainian music, discussion, lectures, and others are being planned.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Contact Wojtek (“Voitek”) Sawa, 847-322-7387, Koshoolki@gmail.com or wojteksawa@gmail.com