Sunflowers for Ukraine

Aside from churches, restaurants and bars, churches and big companies in Texas, Plano Art Association and Richardson Civic Art Society are holding up exhibits to show support to Ukraine according to a Plano Star Courier article from April 10. They say, 


“On Saturday, April 16, the two art associations will be hosting a special art exhibit and auction in the Plano Arts District in downtown Plano and are inviting the public to view and purchase original artwork by more than 60 local artists who plan to participate. The exhibit and auction will be held at event1013 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. event1013 is located at 1013 15th Street in downtown Plano.


And there is a twist to the art exhibit. The theme for the art show is that each piece on display and available for purchase will be a sunflower-themed subject, as the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and has become a symbol of support for the country in this time of conflict.


“As concerned artists, we all feel a need to do what we can to help the people of Ukraine,” Plano Art Association President Gene Dillard says. “By creating this special tribute artwork, we hope we can make a meaningful contribution to the cause. We really encourage folks in the area to come see this beautiful sunflower artwork and make generous donation bids.”


But this exhibit isn’t just any other exhibit that shows and sells art pieces made by local artists. This is actually a fundraising event specifically catered to Ukrainians according to a Plano Magazine article from April 8 which reports, 


“All money raised will be donated to Sunflower of Peace, an established and vetted Ukrainian charity. The organization provides medical and humanitarian supplies to doctors and paramedics in Ukraine.


A silent auction, with a “buy now” option will be held throughout the day. 


The live auction featuring selected artworks will begin at 5 p.m. Unsold artwork will be available to purchase online for two weeks following the event.”


Sunflowers are the national flowers of Ukraine and people from all over the world, including Texans, are embracing the bright flower’s symbol of peace and solidarity. This sunflower movement happened not so long ago when an elderly Ukrainian woman offered sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers as she said “Take these seeds so sunflowers grow here when you die.” 


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