A 12-year-old girl from Hancock Park who has relatives in Ukraine held an art show to raise money for refugees and got some very famous artists to donate their work.
Zoey Hudis is proof that you are never too small to make a difference in the world.
When she saw these images of war-torn Ukraine, she thought of her beloved grandfather, Arnold Priezer, who was born in Odessa and escaped the Nazis during World War II.
“It felt very personal to me and it felt like a lot of people were suffering,” Hoodis said.
So 6th graders from Studio City’s Oakwood Elementary School decided to put together an art show to raise money for LA’s Ukrainian Culture Center, with all proceeds going to help refugees.
“Even adults would be scared in that situation. If we’re lucky enough not to be in that situation we can do anything,” Hoodis said.
When Zoey said she was looking to raise funds for Ukraine, artists and art collectors from across LA turned to some well-known artists like Shepard Fairey to help contribute art as well.
Gary Bessman, the Emmy Award-winning artist who created the animated Disney show “Teacher’s Pet,” donned a piece featuring the sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower and a symbol of resistance to Russia’s invasion.
“Being the child of Holocaust survivors—the idea of democracy and free speech—and seeing what’s happening out there resonates,” Bessman said.
Zoey also received contributions from her classmates and neighbors such as 17-year-old Lucy Lipofsky, who designed the website and logo for the art show.
“My first reaction to this was ‘Omg I’m obsessive with Zoey,’ I mean, she’s Amazon, she’s had a whole art fair and she’s 12 years old,” Lipofsky said.
Lucy’s parents own Plus Cop designer home goods store on Beverly Blvd in the Fairfax district, they had some spare space and so donated it to set up an art gallery.
“It’s awesome. I never thought this could happen,” Hoodis said.
The fundraiser, “Art for Peace,” will be open Friday through Sunday at 11 a.m. In the Fairfax District until 5 p.m.