May 27, 2022 - News

D.C.'s Ukraine House auctions paintings to help war victims

Ukraine House director stands in front of two paintings

Ukraine House director Marianna Falkova in front of artwork being auctioned to support the country. Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

Ukraine House, a center in Kalorama for Ukrainian cultural events, has expanded its mission in recent months to support the country in the ongoing war against Russia.

  • If you’re looking to support humanitarian aid, Ukraine House is the place to be.

Driving the news: The three-story, colonial-style brick house at 2134 Kalorama Rd. NW is currently hosting an exhibit of artwork from Ukraine that's being auctioned off.

  • Ukraine House director Marianna Falkova told Axios that most paintings have been auctioned already, with money raised going toward the treatment of families who lost their legs in the war-torn eastern city of Kramatorsk.
  • The center is also helping collect donations for United24, a charity platform launched by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What’s happening: There are 18 paintings still up for auction online until Tuesday.

  • The recent works were donated by the Kyiv-based gallery Sofia-A and its owner, Maksym Melnyk.
Ukrainian paintings
Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios
  • Other auctioned works include graphic art designed in Ukraine and printed in the U.S., in addition to artwork by children who drew uplifting images about their hometowns.

Flashback: After the Russian invasion began, Falkova tells Axios that she placed a donation box outside the house gates, where neighbors in solidarity had already begun placing letters and flowers.

  • The center’s efforts grew to a Venmo account and then into full-blown auctions, with support from artists and galleries donating works.
  • The project also aimed to preserve Ukrainian artwork amid the conflict.

What they’re saying: “Our audience is both Ukrainian and American,” Falkova told Axios on a tour of the house this week. “We even created a notion for this concept: Ukrainians by birth — that’s a native Ukrainian or in some generation were in Ukraine. And Ukrainians by choice: these are Americans who come to us every event, who support us.”

Get involved: Ukraine House also hosts concerts, open houses, and other events that are posted on Facebook.

  • The center will host a concert tonight in support of the Ukrainian army. The event is for ages 18+ as it will feature songs about wartime, and will fund bulletproof vests, helmets, first aid kits, and other resources for the army.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that the artwork recently auctioned off went to families who lost their legs in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, not to United24.


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