Local art gallery shows continued support for Ukrainian citizens

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (WRDW/WAGT) – It has been a month since Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

We spoke with the organizers of an auction to raise funds for those still living in this war-torn country. Studios 4P: Art Gallery launched its online art auction on March 17.

The money will help people in Ukraine. In the first seven hours they raised $800 and in total they raised $3,400. Until March 24 at midnight, you can donate or buy one of the coins still available.

Ethnic Ukrainians in the CSRA constantly wonder about their families and say it’s nice to see these efforts.

We first spoke to Vadym Buncha during the first week of the Russian invasion. He is a graduate student from kyiv, studying physiology at Augusta University.

Over the past month, he has watched footage emerge from his home country.

“The things that are happening are horrific, and it’s hard to imagine,” he said.

He can talk to his family and relatives in kyiv, except for his father, who joined the army.

“I’m proud, but at the same time, I’m worried,” Buncha said.

At 4P Studios, they continue their efforts to support families like Buncha’s. Artists submit their work and all the money is donated to non-profit organizations that help Ukraine.

“We thought it was important to give people an outlet and give people a chance to contribute instead of sitting on the couch and watching events unfold,” said Regina Brejda, owner of 4P. Studios.

It was by hearing stories of families torn apart by the invasion that they wanted to help.

“It warms my heart but also hurts my heart at the same time. It’s sad that we even have to have this conversation, but we’re glad we got to come together and do something,” she said.

Buncha says it comforts him to see his community come together like this.

“I can’t explain how much gratitude and respect I have for them,” he said.

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