In March of 2022, we launched a series of prints by local Ukraine Artists to raise money to support Ukrainians and donated 100% of the proceeds. “It's too hard to sit and watch the news and do nothing,'' said Natasha McRee, Co-Founder, of Wexel Art. “Just writing a check didn't seem as impactful as shining a spotlight on these individual Ukrainian Artists and their work and how their lives have been turned upside down due to war.” We wanted to tell their stories as it humanizes war to see their face and hear their individual accounts. By sharing their art and stories, it can build awareness, and benefit civilians across Ukraine that are suffering.
"When my mom was 5 years old, she was living in Germany when World War 2 occurred. She always remembered the generosity of the US soldiers handing her a pair of shoes to wear during the war. Her vivid recount of this story inspired me to continue the tradition of building goodwill for the USA", continued McRee. Through different artist platforms, we reached out to several Ukrainian Artists who were able to send us their digital art files so we can print and frame them to raise money and awareness.
The artists asked that we donate to the “Ministry of Social Policy” which is a government-run fund that is directly helping civilians. We have donated over $2000 so far and have recently decided to extend the fundraiser through the end of the month of June.
"The fact that war is possible and it is happening now froze my mind and body as if the moon lasts endlessly. Not only words, but imagination disappeared from my mind. The desire to do anything at all disappeared, including making art," said Svyrydov.
"Thanks to my digital illustrations, I can work anywhere. I work because I know that I can't stop. I know that I can significantly help refugees and the Ukrainian army by giving part of the money I earn to charity," said Vechnaya.
"Thanks to Wexel Art, more people in America could learn about Ukrainian artists and raise money to help Ukrainians. Therefore, I am very grateful to them. The entire Ukrainian people appreciate the help of the Americans. You are in our hearts forever. We will win this war and win our right to freedom. Slava Ukraine!", continued Vechnaya.