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Icons exhibition in support of PFVMH opens in LA

An exhibition of “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” showcasing works by Kyivan artists Oleksandr Klymenko and Sofia Atlantova was opened on Wednesday at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Two icons were sold on the first day, the receipts going to support activities of the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital.

The exhibition was organized by the Huffington Ecumenical Institute on the initiative of Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Prof. at LMU and acting HEI Director, in cooperation with the Marymount Institute and the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

As Archimandrite Cyril pointed out at the opening ceremony, the organizers wanted to demonstrate that art, including religious art, does not exists for itself but can serve people’s needs and enhance social justice.

“We wanted also to raise awareness of what is going on in Ukraine. Ukraine was on the front pages of world media in the beginning of 2014, during the Revolution of Dignity. Then, the annexation of Crimea by Russia happened, and the war in the eastern part of the country began. Nowadays, you don’t hear much about the war in Ukraine, do you? And yet it continues,” the Archimandrite said.

Participants in the ceremony included students of those institutions and their parents, faculty members, as well as representatives of local and religious communities. PFVMH President Gennadiy Druzenko told them about work and achievements of the volunteer hospital, and artist Oleksandr Klymenko familiarized them with the icons.

Two artworks were sold on the exhibition’s first day: icons “Our Lady of Vyshhorod (Volodymyr)” and “Saint George and the Dragon.” The authors donate receipts from the sail to support PFVMH activities.

The exhibition will last until Apr. 17, 2018.

More about the “Buy an Icon – Save a Life” art project can be found here.

Photo album “2018/04/11, Los Angeles, CA. Opening of “The Icons on Ammo Boxes” exhibition at the Loyola Marymount University”

  1. I just hear about this exhibit. I was on the email list of the Huffington Inst. for many years but have not been receiving announcement for some time, Please put me back on your email list.

    I would like to see this exhibit either Monday or Tuesday before it leaves LMU. Where are the icons located and are the hours restricted?

    Thank you,
    Mary Ann Gould

    1. Dear Ms. Gould,
      Thank you for your interest in the exhibition and the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital! I also apologize for the late reply due to the time difference between LA and Kyiv, Ukraine.
      The exhibition is hold at the Marymount Institute, University Hall 3rd floor. You still have a chance to visit it today and, probably, tomorrow (its last day is Apr. 17).
      Please contact the Huffington Ecumenical Institute for details on the hours.
      I also asked my colleague, the PFVMH president who is in LA now, to tell Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, HEI Acting Director, about your request to put you back on their mailing list.
      Warm regards,

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