local art studio raises funds for Ukrainian orphans

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) — As the crisis in Ukraine continues to drag on, a local artist and gallery owner is rallying the community to support him. An art exhibit this weekend in Springboro aims to raise funds to help war-affected children.

Images of the crisis in Ukraine are translated on canvas and on paper at the Chasing Light Art Studio and Gallery in Springboro.

“Artists are observers, aren’t they, and they channel their emotions through their art,” said gallerist and artist Shawna Hatton.

Hatton had the idea to organize the art exhibition five weeks ago in order to support Ukraine.

In just a few weeks, she was able to turn her studio into a field of sunflowers of artwork from her students and students from six area schools.

The artists are between 7 and 77 years old.

“You can see that some people may have taken a bit of the darker side in their expression, while most of them are very optimistic,” Hatton said.

Each of the pieces is put up for sale or auction. The money raised will go to A Child’s Hope International, which will help orphans in Ukraine.

Artists like Patty Clark wanted to be part of the cause.

“It’s a wonderful thing, and you know, you sit there and watch the news and your heart sinks and you think, what can I do,” Clark said.

Just as a sunflower is a symbol of optimism, Hatton hopes this fundraiser can bring some optimism to children affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

“A lot of people are starting to get discouraged by the bad and the things that are happening, but there’s still so much good, and that’s what we need to focus on,” Hatton said.

The show will run from April 29 to May 1 at the Springboro Performing Arts Center. On Sunday, May 1, the event will conclude with an entertainer’s reception including refreshments and a presentation by the Pastors’ Association. This event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Child labor will be available with a suggested donation, Hutton said, and professional pieces will be sold at a silent auction.

For more information on how A Child’s Hope Int’l operates in Ukraine, click here. To donate to the cause online, visit Facebook Fundraiser here.

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