Local Artists Hold Silent Auction to Raise Money for Ukraine’s Recovery Efforts

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — It’s a creative push down the valley to help Ukrainians. Artists and members of Scarab Creative Arts support Ukraine and one of their artists who will have family abroad with a silent auction.

“When the war started, I tried to think, what can I do,” said Marina Holladay.

Marina Holladay says she has lived in the United States for 24 years and her heart is heavy seeing the image come out of Ukraine, where she still has loved ones.

“It was terrifying, it’s just sickly and really hard to describe this feeling I have,” Holladay added.

Holladay says she immediately worked with other artists at Scarab Creative Arts in downtown Fresno. She says she wanted to start small.

“I made pins and necklaces in the colors of Ukraine, in the colors of the flag of Ukraine. My friends here at the studio and I decided we had to do something else,” Holladay said.

That’s when they decided to hold a silent auction and posted the event on social media. Now they have around 40 artists involved and over 60 artworks up for auction.

“You feel in these situations that it’s never enough,” Heather Hubbard said.

Artist Heather Hubbard says it was a no-brainer to hold the silent auction during ArtHop, where people will have the chance to bid on pieces donated by local artists. The art even has the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

“I’m super emotional it’s a very difficult time to be on this planet and my dear friend Marina we’ve been friends for so long and I see how touched she is by this and I’m touched by her concern for her homeland,” Hubbard explained.

The artworks ranged from $25 to a few thousand dollars and all the money raised will go to the “Doctors Without Borders” organization in Ukraine which helps with medical aid.

“As a community, this is a very meaningful experience and I’m truly honored to be a part of it,” Hubbard added.

Holladay said she has already raised about $7,000 to send to Ukraine and hopes to raise more than the event.

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