SOPAC to host Art for Ukraine fundraiser –

SOPAC to host Art for Ukraine fundraiser –

On Sunday, May 1 a pop-up art sale fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the South Orange Performing Arts Center lobby, The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery.
The event, held in collaboration with Good Crowd Events and Fire in the Belly Art Making, will benefit Razom, an organization responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
Jeremy Moss, curator for The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC and co-owner of Good Crowd Events with Cat Delett, along with Barbara Bickart of Fire in the Belly Art Making hatched the idea for Art for Ukraine.
“There are a lot of people in the art world who wanted to do something to help Ukraine but didn’t know what,” said Moss. “As artists, you feel better when you don’t just give money. You want to make something, you want to do something that’s meaningful.”
As Bickart put it, “the easiest way for artists to get involved and get engaged and show support is by doing the thing that they do best.”
Nearly 50 artists and student artists have donated their art to support this effort.
“I could read you the Facebook messages and emails from the artists,” said Moss, “they’re all thanking us for giving them the opportunity to help.”
One participating artist on Instagram said, “these past few weeks as the war in Ukraine drags on I have felt sad, ashamed, and deeply disappointed to be Russian. Realistically there is not much I can do to help fix this situation. Putin has been in power since I was 6 years old. I am 30 now. Still, it is good to be able to contribute to help Ukraine, even in this small way.”
The donated work ranges from ceramics to jewelry and textiles, in addition to two-dimensional art.
Moved by the opportunity to help, SOPAC employees are getting in on the action, too. SOPAC’s development manager Katelyn Fatzler, as well as Moss, are both making pieces for the sale.
Artists include:
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