Ukrainian Music Concert Planned at Sarasota Art Gallery

SARASOTA, FL – A Sarasota art gallery is hosting an evening of Ukrainian music on Tuesday.

The concert will take place at Chasen Galleries II, located at 3501 S Tamiami Trail at the Crossings at Siesta Key, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will include performances by singers Natalya Bratash and Nadia Sawa, bandura virtuoso Ivan Schmilo, and choirs from Sarasota Middle School and First Slavic Pentecostal Church Teens Worship Group of North Port.

The showcase was curated by artist Wojtek Sawa, who has also created installations that provide context for child labor.

About 70 pieces are presented at Chasen II Galleries. They are all created by children as young as 3 and as old as 18.

Some of the pieces came from UA Kids Today, while others came from refugee children attending a Polish school and a Ukrainian foster home for children with special needs who moved to Poland after the war began.

“The artwork is fabulous,” said Wojtek Sawa. “They are wonderful works of art and cover the full range of reactions and expressions of war. Some are about life before the invasion, and some are about what life will be like after the invasion, and some are about of war itself.”

Although the pieces are not available for sale, anyone who donates $35 or more can choose from some of the art prints featured in the exhibit. After the show, the funds raised will be divided equally between the young participating artists.

Donations can be made in person at the gallery or through Sawa’s Facebook page, Ukrainian children’s art.