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Sunflower Art Project raises over $2,000 for Ukrainian refugee children


After learning about the growing number of Ukrainian refugee children who have arrived in their school district, several youth artists from Bucks County joined together to create one collaborative painting, Sunflowers for Ukraine, to help raise funds for the refugees. Each student took turns painting a section of the sunflower art. Posters of their painting were created and sold, and the original painting was put on silent auction.

The project has been a great lesson in giving back for the young artists, and it is also fun for them to think about all the homes and businesses in their community that now have a poster of their artwork on display. Their art project has helped to raise over $2,135 in cash and gift cards so far. The need for funds is still there. Some posters are still left and available for purchase at Countryside Gallery, 2 South State St., Newtown. In alliance with the Newtown Rotary C.A.R.E.S. program, 100% of proceeds benefit the Ukrainian refugee students.

“Sunflowers for Ukraine” was painted by Amelia Binkley, Ava Barbrow, Jack Barbrow, Camryn Blauth, Connor Boucher, Brynn Casey, Erin Casey, Allison Cirillo, Victoria Cirillo, Taylor Dahms, Amanda Gardner, Addison Kohler, Olivia Kelly, Anthony Kelly, Hanna Lipski, Andrew Loudon, Tim Loudon, Abbie Lustig, Keiley Lyons, Darcy McCullough, Sophia McGee, William McNamara, Ava Peterson, Alivia Peterson, Violet Peterson, Grace Porter, Sarah Porter, Chris Riether, Camille Rizzo, Morgan Schimek, Gabi Smith, Reece Smith, Abby Steadman, Chase Steadman, Erin Stone, Ian Stone, Katie Sukunda, Charlotte Van Lieu, Ella Walsh, and Abby Walsh under the guidance of local artist Bonnie Porter.

Countryside Gallery and Newtown Hardware House, both on State Street in Newtown, are also the drop off locations for anyone who wishes to donate $25 Walmart, Target and Visa gift cards which will be distributed to the Ukrainian families through the Newtown Rotary.