Support Ukraine at SOPAC’s Pop-Up Art Sale Fundraiser


originally published: 04/26/2022

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) — Sunday, May 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC in conjunction with Good Crowd Events and Fire in the Belly Art Making will welcome Art for Ukraine, a pop-up art sale. All proceeds will be donated to Razom, an organization responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

Jeremy Moss, curator of The Herb + Milly Iris gallery at SOPAC and co-owner of Good Crowd Events with Cat Delett, and 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,” Moss says. “As artists, you feel better when you don’t just give money. You want to do something, you want to do something that makes sense.

As Bickart said, “the easiest way for artists to get involved, engage, and show their support is to do what they do best.”

Nearly 50 artists and student artists donated their art to support this effort.

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“I could read you the artists’ Facebook posts and emails,” Moss says, “they all thank us for giving them the opportunity to help.”

A participating artist on Instagram said: “For the past few weeks, as the war in Ukraine drags on, I have felt sad, ashamed and deeply disappointed to be Russian. In reality, there is not much I can do to help resolve this situation. Putin has been in power since I was 6 years old. I’m 30 now. Still, it’s nice to be able to help Ukraine, even in this small way.

The range of artwork offered ranges from ceramics to jewelry and textiles, in addition to two-dimensional art.

Moved by the opportunity to help, SOPAC employees are also mobilizing. SOPAC development manager Katelyn Fatzler, as well as Moss, both make parts for sale.

The full price of each piece will be donated to Razom, an organization born out of the Dignity Revolution in 2014. In 2021, Razom received the Guidestar Gold Transparency Award, the highest honor given to nonprofits for global accountability. Rasom means “together” in Ukrainian.

Complete list of participating artists: Aida Jones, Alison Oxman, Amanda Boulton, Amanda Burns-Elhassouni, Avril Bogle, Barbara Bickart, Barbara Hansell, Cat Delett, Cathleen McCoy Bristol, Chris Mori, Christine Petty, Colleen Lineberry, Cora Engel, DARKRECONSTRUCTION Art , Darkreconstruction S Ivanova, Dawn DiCicco, Elisabeth Antoine, Elle Views, Erin Pickering, Fred Zorn, Harvey Rogosin, J Steven Patton, Jennifer Crohn, Jennifer Malone, Jeremy Moss, Joanna Madloch, John DiLorenzo, Karen Leo, Katelyn Fatzler, Kelly Beyer , Lauren Weinstein, Lisa Lackey, Lisa Naples, Lyman Dally, Manahi Taber-Kewene, Manman Huang, Marina Carreira, Mary Jean Canziani, Rachel Pruzan, Raymond Saa, Richard Janow, Rosemary Cenatiempo, Samuel Taber-Kewene, Sarah Klein, Sumana Ghosh -Witherspoon, Susan Adler, Susan Darwin, Thea Kearney and Vivienne Schuppe.

The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery was started by beloved SOPAC board member Milly Iris. Milly and her husband Herb were longtime supporters of SOPAC, avid collectors and dedicated advocates of the arts. The family legacy continues thanks to the generous support of Herb and Milly’s daughters, Roreé and Kerry and the Iris Family Foundation. The gallery is located on the second and third floors of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The Gallery is free and open Monday to Saturday, from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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