Friday, June 24, 2022 4:16 PM
After already raising $222,000 for Ukrainian children through three highly successful online auctions of Ukrainian youth artwork, the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota has scheduled the next auction will take place from June 22 to 26.
For the past 20 years, the International Owl Festival has held an owl art competition for children to which thousands of owl drawings, watercolors and pastels are submitted from around the world. For the past four years, the center has received over 2,000 entries from 35 to 50 countries per year. And since it is logistically impossible to return the works to the students, the center has accumulated a huge amount of works of art in reserve. By entering the contest, artists agree that their creations become the property of the Owl Center and may be used for fundraising.
When war broke out in Ukraine, the Owl Center was in a unique position to help, having on hand several works of art previously submitted by young Ukrainian artists. “We shared images of the owl artwork created by Ukrainian children on our social media and in our email newsletter, indicating that we hoped the young artists were safe,” said Karla Bloem, Founder /Executive Director of the International Owl Center. “We got a strong response from people so moved by the art, and many asked if they could buy it.”
Bloem, along with volunteers and staff, then went into the archive and pulled out over 300 Ukrainian works of art. The center has partnered with the Houston Area Community Foundation and volunteer Jayne Overstreet to host a series of five online auctions of owl artwork created by Ukrainian children, with all proceeds going to the UNICEF to help Ukrainian children.
“It seemed like the perfect opportunity to hold a fundraiser to support children, using their own artwork, and so far we’ve held three hugely successful auctions that have left me speechless. voice,” Bloem said. The last two auctions are scheduled for June 22-26 and August 10-14.
Several notable plays have raised considerable funds, including “The Snowy Owl” by 14-year-old Sofia Burevich, which sold for over $8,000.
While not everyone can afford the prices that artwork brings at auction, there are 3-4 limited edition prints that sell for $100 in each auction. The Owl Center has also created a set of 20 blank greeting cards featuring Ukrainian artwork, selling them in-house and online for $15.95. The first 200 sets sold out within a week, but a second set of cards will go on sale on International Owl Awareness Day in early August.
For more information, go to www.internationalowlcenter.org/ukrainianart.
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