Exhibits in Buchanan highlight the war in Ukraine and artists from the region

BUCHANAN — The “Stand With Ukraine” and “Area Artists Association’s Emergence 2022 Exhibit” exhibitions open May 11 and run through June 5 at the Buchanan Art Center, 117 W. Front St.

“Stand With Ukraine” highlights both protest and the pain of war and features paintings and photographs by four artists: Vasilisa Kiselevich, Olga Orlovksa-Soaltys, Sandy Williams and Jeff Matejovsky.

Kiselevich and Orlovksa-Soaltys are two instructors at the Buchanan Art Center who use their art to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have participated in protests in Chicago and have amassed a collection of photographic and other images that show the determination and passion of sympathetic Ukrainians and Americans protesting the Russian invasion.

In the painting “Dark Days” tell about the emotional impact of the war on the citizens of Ukraine. Matejovsky’s background for the work sets a tone that suggests the horrors of war. Williams painted the refugees from the war with hearts that twinkle almost in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

The Area Artists Association is a nonprofit group of professional artists affiliated with the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. The association offers art exhibitions and artistic development for regional artists in the region.

A reception for both exhibits will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 15.

Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Free entry.

For more information call 269-697-4005 or visit buchananartcenter.com.

Julia P. Cluff