6th grader opens art fair fundraiser to help Ukraine – NBC Los Angeles
A 12-year-old girl from Hancock Park who has family in Ukraine organized an art exhibition to raise money for refugees and asked very famous artists to donate their work.
Zoey Hudis is proof that you’re never too young to make a difference in the world.
When she saw these images of war-torn Ukraine, she thought of her beloved grandfather Arnold Preiser, born in Odessa and escaping the Nazis during World War II.
“It felt very personal to me and I felt like a lot of people were hurting,” Hudis said.
So the 6th grader from Oakwood Elementary School in Studio City decided to host an art exhibit to raise money for the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, with all proceeds going to help refugees.
“Even adults would be terrified to be in this situation. If we are lucky enough not to be in this situation, we might as well do something,” Hudis said.
When Zoey let it be known that she was looking to raise money for Ukraine, artists and art collectors from all over LA jumped at the chance to help, contributing art, even from some famous artists like Shepard Fairey.
Gary Baseman, the Emmy Award-winning artist who created the Disney animated show “Teachers Pet,” donated a coin featuring sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower and symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion.
“Being a child of Holocaust survivors – the idea of democracy and free speech and seeing what happens there resonates,” Baseman said.
Zoey also received contributions from classmates and neighbors, such as 17-year-old Lucy Lipofsky, who designed the art show’s website and logo.
“My first reaction to that was ‘omg, I’m obsessed with Zoey,’ I mean, she’s an amazon, she’s hosted an entire art fair, and she’s 12,” Lipofsky said.
Lucy’s parents own designer home goods store Plus Coop on Beverly Blvd in the Fairfax neighborhood, they had extra space so they donated it to set up the art gallery.
“It’s amazing. I never thought it could happen,” Hudis said.
The fundraiser called “Art for Peace” will be open Friday through Sunday at 11 a.m. at 5 p.m. in the Fairfax district.