27/05/2024 10:06 AM

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Adorn your Feelings

Montana artist sells works for Ukraine humanitarian aid

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Helena artist Svitlana Prouty stands before some of her watercolor paintings displayed at the Mountain Sage Gallery. Sunflowers are a symbol of Ukraine, now fighting to preserve its independence from Russia.

“The most powerful art in life is to transform pain into a healing talisman.” – Frida Kahlo

The quote from the famous Mexican artist was made as she reflected upon the horrific bus crash that nearly took her life, and how painting helped Kahlo to endure the pain and loneliness she suffered during the long months of her recovery.

It applies equally well to the work of Svitlana Prouty, a Helena artist who is using proceeds from the sale of her art to help ease the suffering of people in her native country, Ukraine.

“They’re all in the most horrible place where it is even possible to be,” Prouty said of her friends and family who remain there, “but there’s no place to run because it is our land.”

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