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Ukrainian artists share creations at Southington exhibit

Eight women, all from Ukraine, showcase their works at SOCCA.

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) recently opened “Volya: Free Will” – a Ukrainian Women’s Art Exhibit.

Eight of the artists, whose works are being showcased, now live in central Connecticut and have left the war-torn nation of Ukraine. 

“It’s very humbling and we’re so honored and glad to be able to do this,” said Diann Thomson, the executive director at SoCCA.

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The artworks, which range from paintings to jewelry to dolls, are all up for sale.

“Hopefully this can help get them back on their feet,” Thomson added.

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“I’m doing this to help them to fight, I’m doing this to collect money to donate [to Ukrainian relief efforts]," said artist Olga Tsymanski.

Tsymanski immigrated from Ukraine and now lives in Avon.

She added that all the artists being showcased have a message to send: “I just love this art, it expresses the feelings and the story of each person.” 

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“Volya: Free Will” runs from Sept. 6 to Oct. 10 at SoCCA, 93 Main Street in Southington.

There is an Artists Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday Noon - 3 p.m., and by appointment at 860.276.1581

To learn more, click here.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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