Diane Toop, executive director of Station House Gallery, has no Ukrainian heritage, but something about the war in Ukraine struck her.
There are a lot of bad things happening in the world, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine was felt by Toop as an attack on democracy.
After selling $1,280 worth of sunflower seeds to send to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine through Rotary Quesnel, Toop said the Art for Ukraine art exhibit “happened organically” because “I wanted to just do something bigger”.
The opening of the art exhibition begins at 5 p.m. on May 5 and consists of works of art from local collections and artists. The medium of the over 50 artworks ranges from watercolors, oil paintings to photography and more.
The coins will be auctioned during the month using a blind bidding system, where no one will know the bids they are competing against, and bids can be submitted in person or by phone until 28 may.
The gallery takes no commission and 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
The opening night will also feature Ukrainian music and food as well as women from Quesnel who heard about the fundraiser and wanted to come and help by wearing their traditional Ukrainian costumes and donating head pins. , headbands and jewelry by donation as well as photographs. by a Ukrainian photographer.
“They’re just thrilled that we’re doing this,” Toop said.
The opening will also include an upstairs performance by Kathleen MacDonald. This is the Upper Gallery’s first exhibition since early 2020 and MacDonald’s exhibition is titled Pourous and is a mix of photography and abstract painting.
The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is always free.
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