An art studio for the benefit of Ukraine | Chaska News

Artist Richard Kochenash is hosting an upcoming Ukrainian performance at his downtown Chaska art studio.

The artist’s four grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ukraine, and growing up in Pennsylvania, Kochenash was immersed in Ukrainian culture.

“I feel like I had to do something,” Kochenash said, of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent humanitarian crisis.

For two days, Kochenash will be selling all the artwork from his studio at 10%-90% discounted prices. Half of all proceeds will go to charities to benefit those affected by the crisis. (Kochenash said her daughter was still picking charities.)

The benefit is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 9 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday April 10 at the Kochenash Fine Art Studio, 112 East Second Street, Chaska.

Kochenash can be frequently spotted throughout the region, painting landscapes in the Minnesota River Valley. He is also known for his paintings of flowers and still lifes. These paintings, including many familiar landmarks, will be included in the benefit sale.

Kochenash first developed an interest in painting while attending the Ukrainian Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, where he was fascinated by religious paintings.

He grew up in a bilingual family, where he called his grandparents “baba” and “didi”. Even today, Kochenash prepares Ukrainian dishes such as halupki, pierogi and kapusta for his family.

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