Dunedin Fine Art Center’s new exhibition ‘Sunflowers for Ukraine’ is a fundraiser

Posted April 7

Never underestimate the power of art. People can help Ukrainian refugees by buying works of sunflowers created by artists through the “Sunflowers for Ukraine” exhibition. currently on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

The art exhibition “Sunflowers for Ukraine” is at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. [ ARIELLE BADER | Special to the Times ]

All proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, founded by Spanish-American chef José Andrés. The kitchen was set up at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland to feed Ukrainian refugees.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, sunflowers have long been a symbol of Ukrainian national identity. They were first introduced to the country in the 18th century and are now a key part of its economy. Today, as Russia continues to invade Ukraine, the flower has become a symbol of peace.

The exhibition was conceived as a response to the “power of the moment of what we observe with our human family”, said curator Catherine Bergmann.

It also happened by chance. After the center’s Trashy Treasures art and supplies sale in March, Gail Gamble, an artist who sponsors and works behind the scenes at the sale, found an abundance of paper scraps.

Bergmann had the idea of ​​cutting the pieces of paper to a uniform size and ask the artistic community to create works with them in order to raise funds for Ukraine.

“Everyone just delivered in a huge way with exquisite creations,” Bergmann said. “It’s clear the time, love and care that has gone into some of these pieces.”

The art exhibition
The art exhibition “Sunflowers for Ukraine” is at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. [ ARIELLE BADER | Special to the Times ]

Artists donated their works for fundraising. Rather than price them individually, they are sold by donation, the minimum of which is $10.

Since the exhibition opened on April 1, Bergmann said, about a third of the 165 artworks have already been sold. Some donations have reached $250.

Gamble was also involved in choosing the charity, Bergmann said, as she was also one of the patrons who donated to the center’s Culinary Arts Kitchen. They trust Andrés and the World Central Kitchen for their visibility. They have not yet been in contact with the charity, but Bergmann believes they will send the donation all at once.

The works will remain in place until May 15. They can be viewed and purchased in person, or viewed on the center’s social media accounts and purchased over the phone. They are arranged in an alphanumeric grid which facilitates the choice of the desired work.

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“Sunflowers for Ukraine” runs until May 15. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dunedin Center for Fine Arts, 1143 Michigan Blvd. 727-298-3322. dfac.org.