Gallery 28, located at the Merc Plaza in Tooele, will be hosting an art show May 27-29 and all funds raised will be donated to displaced Ukrainian Refugees.
The idea for the art show to benefit refugees began with an inquiry from two local artists.
“Local artists brought books full of artwork that Michael [one of the artists] had done to the gallery and he asked us if we could sell some of his pieces to help anyone in Ukraine, so we picked out some pieces,” said Dominic Santistevan, Gallery 28 co-owner. “They decided that they wanted all of the money from the collection to go to Ukrainian refugees, so we were talking about it and we decided to just end up doing an event.”
Santistevan contacted the Tooele County Arts Guild and asked if they had any artists who would like to donate their artwork for the event.
“Right off the bat, there were tons of artists who wanted to help out,” Santistevan said. “We also talked to Tooele High School and there are going to be some pieces from their art students in the show too.”
During the show, both pieces depicting Ukraine and non-related pieces will be sold, but all of the proceeds will go to the refugees.
The event will take place May 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It is free to visit the show and look around.
Those who purchase art will be able to pick up their pieces or have them shipped to their home after the show is over.
The owners of the gallery are still looking for local artists who would like to donate their art for the event.
Artists interested are able to donate their originals or prints of their work and all types of art is accepted from paintings to digital media to sculptures.
Entries will be accepted until May 26. Those interested should visit the gallery located at 36 N. Main Street in suite 7, which is open Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“What’s going on in Ukraine is pretty awful,” Santistevan said. “The war is awful but we have to think of the people who have lost their homes. Kids and families have all been separated trying to find out where to go and I think recently, just because the war has been going on so long, people are a little bit uninvolved with what’s going on. I would encourage people to come to the show and purchase art, so those proceeds can help out those families.”