New Hampshire art gallery pays homage to Ukraine

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A Seacoast art exhibition which opened in Exeter on Wednesday is raising money for a charity working in Ukraine. The gallery has as its common theme the sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine. Members of the Seacoast Artist Association also hope the display sends a message that shows they care. “I wanted all of our windows to be covered in sunflowers,” said artist Annick Bouvron-Gromek. Ukraine brings back memories of its childhood during World War II. “Having grown up in Europe and having been a child during the war, so every time I see a picture of these children, I remember. I see myself,” Bouvron-Gromek said. renewal,” said Bouvron-Gromek. The response from other artists who want to take part in the show has been overwhelming. The space has quickly filled with over 40 pieces on display. All artists donate 100% of proceeds.” None of (us) wanted to make money out of this tragedy,” said artist Debra Woodward. The money will go to the World Central Kitchen and its chef. “The fact that he now feeds 150,000 people a day fleeing the war is pretty amazing and I know they still need funds,” Woodward said. Woodward added that she thinks the work done by other artists gives “some hope.” A reception is held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. The goal is to raise more than $7,100, but organizers said attendees can always pay more if they want. For more information visit this link.

A Seacoast art exhibition which opened in Exeter on Wednesday is raising money for a charity working in Ukraine.

The gallery has as its common theme the sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine. Members of the Seacoast Artist Association also hope the exhibit sends a message that shows they care.

“I wanted all of our windows to be plastered with sunflowers,” said artist Annick Bouvron-Gromek.

For Bouvron-Gromek, Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine brings back memories of his childhood during World War II.

“Having grown up in Europe and having been a child during the war, so every time I see a picture of these children, I remember. I see myself,” Bouvron-Gromek said.

Bouvron-Gromek described how she came to create her work.

“I got the dark background, then the blue, which is a sphere, which could be Earth, then the sunflower color, so it was just a revival,” Bouvron-Gromek said.

The response from fellow artists who want to participate in the show has been overwhelming. The space quickly filled with more than 40 exhibits.

All artists donate 100% of profits.

“None of (us) wanted to make money off this tragedy,” said artist Debra Woodward.

The money will go to the World Central Kitchen and its chef.

“The fact that he is now feeding 150,000 people a day fleeing war is quite incredible and I know they are still in need of funds,” Woodward said.

Woodward added that she thinks the work done by other artists gives “some hope.”

A reception is held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. The goal is to raise more than $7,100, but organizers said attendees can always pay more if they want.

For more information, visit this link.

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