Artists unite to aid Ukraine

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Chris Ford of the Art And Heirloom Shoppe shows off some of the pieces created to raise funds for Ukraine.

By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In the window of the Art and Heirloom Shoppe on Chatham’s King Street, a tribute to the people of Ukraine is in full flower.

In a bid to help citizens of the war-torn country, a portion of the sales from newly created art showcasing sunflowers – Ukraine’s national flower – is being donated to assist with humanitarian efforts.

Chris Ford, co-owner of the King Street location in Chatham, said the idea evolved after artist Charlene McGill issued a challenge to raise money for Ukraine.

Around 25 area artists answered the call, creating sunflower-themed pieces for the fundraiser.

Brilliant blues, yellows and greens accent a variety of the creations available for sale.

As of late last week, Ford said the non-profit had sold a number of pieces, raising about $800 to date.

“We do community things as often as possible,” Ford explained. “The community has been very good to us, giving us support throughout COVID.

“We want to give back if we can.

“This is a beautiful and sunny tribute to the people of Ukraine,” Ford added.

Other artists, whose work is on display at the shop, have also committed a portion of their sales to the effort.

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