Art Sale to Benefit
Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine
MARCH 30 - APRIL 3 2022
scroll to the very bottom to read a recent (December 30, 2022) letter from Sunflower of Peace Executive Director, Katya Migacheva
This weekend-long offering was initiated by artist Stephen Bergeron. Beautiful and thoughtfully chosen artwork was donated by twenty local artists united to support charitable organizations delivering direct humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, we were fortunate to have local Ukrainian-American
Sergiy Kyrychenko in the gallery sharing his knowledge and personal experiences as well as his recent community efforts in response to the invasion of Ukraine: ongoing and developing projects designed to amplify the voices of community under common messages of courage, love and hope in the face of adversity.
Thanks to the participation and generosity of the artists and our very earnest audience, we were able to raise $2300 which will be distributed to the following three organizations in the hopes of making a positive difference for individuals and families in crisis:
Sunflower of Peace
World Central Kitchen
Gratitude for the Artists
MARY C. SULLIVAN
TANYA HAYES LEE
JOHN A. RIZZO
ANNE BERNARD KEARNEY
ANNE MARIE DELAUNAY-DANIZIO
ADRIANA G. PRAT
above, Community Art Project initiated by Sergiy Kyrychenko and created by Sergiy with many young helping hands on Boston Common in March 2022
below, Sergiy with gallery guests
I'm very happy and proud to share the following letter from Katya Migasheva, received on behalf of all who participated in our Ukraine fundraiser last March ;
Dear Julie Ayaz,
My name is Katya Migacheva and I am the Executive Director of Sunflower of Peace. I wanted to send you a brief message to personally thank you for your generous support of our organization’s life-saving mission this year. Your financial contribution of $775.91 in 2022, had a tremendous impact. For example, it helped us prepare and ship thousands of backpacks, each at a cost of $1,000-$1,200, filled with precious, life-saving medical supplies. Each such backpack can help save 10-12 lives. Or we used it to mitigate severe power outages through our Send Your Warmth to Ukraine campaign - to purchase generators, firewood, power stations, sleeping bags, and thousands of hands and foot warmers. Through your donations this year, you made a real difference and contribution to Ukrainians’ survival and Ukraine’s peaceful future.
My gratitude is also deeply personal. Many people who are close to me – family and friends – have been gravely affected by this war. I greatly appreciate all you have empowered us to do to protect and improve their lives during this difficult time.
Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and all those you love. May you have a New Year that is full of joy, health, and peace - both within and without.
Please reach out directly with any questions you may have.
With kind regards,
Katya Migacheva, Executive Director of Sunflower of Peace
Thank you very much, Katya, for your lovely message.
Our small fundraiser was a very large success in many ways. We were able to raise funds to send significant equal amounts to three organizations that we understood to be performing highly efficient, focused humanitarian efforts in support of Ukraine. We were fortunate to meet Sergiy Kyrychenko (whom you may know) who shared his personal stories and concerns with many interested and invested local friends. And many other new connections were made with the Boston local Ukrainian community. The response from our existing gallery community was exceptionally warm and it was an honor to be able to help this crisis in some way.
Would it be okay with you if I share your message with the many artists who donated work and the individuals who purchased artwork ? And/or share it on the gallery website? The information you shared about how funds were used and the kindness of your message will be much appreciated.
I wish you and your family a bright and loving new year.
Thank you and warm regards,