Exhibition in Sarasota to showcase Ukrainian children’s art

“Ukrainian Kids Art,” a visually moving and thought-provoking exhibit, opens April 30 at Chasen Gallery II at Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The exhibition, which runs until May 21, features children’s art that expresses their commentary on events unfolding since the Russian aggression. Some paint images of war, some share dreams of peace. The works of art convey hope and suffering, depicted as both magic and reality.

All artwork will be available for purchase in high quality prints. Proceeds will be donated to child artists.

The exhibition is made possible through a partnership of artists, educators and other professionals from the United States, Ukraine and Poland, including Wojtek Sawa of Sarasota. Sawa is a visual artist specializing in participatory installations that have appeared at the Florida Holocaust Museum, Salvador Dali Museum, Art Center Sarasota, and other venues.

Artem Bykovets from Kyiv, Ukraine, a world-class software designer whose collection of Ukrainian children’s art with his wife Nastia is also available at instagram.com/uakids.today; Julia Leśniewska from Gdańsk, Poland, Principal of Primary School #39; and Kasia Kimaczyńska, an architect in Warsaw, Poland. Jozef Batko donated his gallery and studio for the exhibition.

The exhibition will also feature ancillary events in the gallery space, including Ukrainian music, talks, lectures, and more.

Submitted by Wojtek Sawa

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