The Baltimore fundraiser is the brainchild of Ukrainian-born Current Space member, artist, curator, and Stevenson University photography professor Elena Volkova. (Volkova is also a BmoreArt contributor.) This concrete gesture of solidarity is Volkova’s way of “trying to turn grief into something productive,” she says in an interview. “Better than being curled-up crying on the floor.” Volkova spoke with BmoreArt earlier this month about the feelings of hopelessness so many of us have felt from abroad watching the news out of her home country, and she decided to give other Baltimore-based artists the chance to support the people of Ukraine with their own resources.
That call has been met by more than three dozen art donors, from students to established, highly collectible artists. For anyone who missed the original call, there’s still time to submit artwork donations via this Google Form. But just as importantly, Volkova hopes even casual art collectors are as generous as many artists have been. With all works priced at just $100, she encourages attendees to purchase works from emerging artists they might not consider at typical gallery prices. With an expected offering of at least 100 artworks, this one-day event could raise over $10,000 for Ukrainian cultural workers struggling with basic necessities such as access to food and shelter.
So far, the growing list of participating artists includes quite a few friends of BmoreArt alongside names from out of state who have shipped down artwork from New York and beyond:
Eileen Wold, Jacquelyn Phillips, E. Brady Robison, Michael Dax Iacovone, Renee van der Stelt, Jill Fannon Prevas, Se Jong Cho, Wilson Kemp, Ilya Popenko, Paula Gately Tillman, Jessie and Katey, J.M. Giordano, Lou Joseph, René Treviño, Mark Isaac, Billy Friebele, Elena Johnston, Bart O’Reilly, Bonnie J. Schupp, Larson Shindelman (Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman), Stephen Marc, Anne Leighton Massoni, Molly Roberts, Milana Braslavsky, Sarah Clough, Nicole Herbert, Joshua Levy, Gabriela Bulisova, Matthew Moore, Mark Donoghue, Maksym Prykhodko, Asya Livshits, Lynn Silverman, Julie Wallace, Regina DeLuise, Walter Levy, Nate Larson, Jay Gould, and Jonna McKone.