From the Orange Sud Performing Arts Center
On May 1, SOPAC’s Herb + Milly Iris Gallery, in collaboration with Good Crowd Events and Fire in the Belly Art Making, will host Art for Ukraine.
Sunday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the SOPAC hall, Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC in collaboration with Good crowd events and Make fire in the stomach will be the host Art for Ukraine, a pop-up art sale. All profits will be donated to Rasom, 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.
“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.
Full list of participating artists:
Cathleen McCoy Bristol
Darkreconstruction S Ivanova
J Steven Patton
Marie Jean Canziani
About Herb + Milly Iris Gallery:
The 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 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.