HAYDENVILLE – An art auction for the benefit of Ukrainians affected by the war in that country is looking for artists to donate works.
“We define art broadly,” said Tracy Magdalene, who is organizing the event.
Magdalene, a resident of Haydenville, said that photographs, acid-cut concrete wall curtains, a pencil drawing and a painting by the late Gregory Stone and a work of art by the late Gerald Wise had already arrived at the auction. She said about 30 pieces have been donated so far.
The auction will take place at the Haydenville Congregational Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18, and all donations will go to help donated by Magdalena in Ukraine.
“Buy a work of art, help people stay alive,” Magdalene said.
Magdalene sent the money to a friend in Ukraine who used it to help people leaving the country and finding host families outside of Ukraine. The money also went to help people who decided to stay in Ukraine as well.
For security reasons, Tracy’s friend has not been named, but he has worked with the United Nations in the past and runs a football nonprofit.
Magdalena has raised nearly $ 21,000 so far, and thousands of dollars are coming out of her pocket. And more than 250 families have helped across the border through the work of her friend and his network.
“One family brought to safety is now huge,” Magdalene said.
Those interested in donating art for the auction or for directly donating money can call Magdalena at 413-320-9036.
The Huntington Council on Aging will hold a budget training program on May 11 on budgeting.
The program will take place from 1pm to 2pm at Stanton Hall and will be led by Laurie Mikalunas, AVP Head of Westfield Bank Branch.
How to make a budget plan, online banking and the difference between a user and a shared account will all be discussed in the program, as well as credit cards and how to avoid bank and ATM fees and late fees.
The class is free and open to the public, but attendees must register by May 10th. Those wishing to apply should contact 413-512-5205.
Local director Ben Tobin is planning a new narrative photography project that draws inspiration from classic science fiction classics like Lost In Space and The Twilight Zone. However, he is still looking for a 1950s or 1960s ranch-style house for his project location.
“I wanted it to look very rockwell,” Tobin said. “But have that sci-fi atmosphere.”
The story, which will be told through a series of photos, will involve a boy finding a robot, and will end with the boy discovering that he is either a robot or an alien.
“I like to ask questions alongside the story,” said Tobin, who expressed a love for art that leaves questions undecided.
Tobin said he was attracted to both the Victorian era and the 1950s and 1960s because people in those eras looked buttoned up but were “crazy underneath”.
“I wanted to rely on that 60s aesthetic,” Tobin said of his robot project. “I like to fiddle with the time period of the ’50s,’ 60s.”
Tobin has already hired a child for his photography project, and a local model maker is constructing the robot. However, he has not yet found a house on a ranch from the 1950s or 1960s to take his photo.
Those interested in offering such a recording company can send Tobin an e-mail to [email protected]
Tobin continues to work on his series of photographs in collaboration with fairytale-inspired costume designer Christina Beam. His graduation film “Home for Curiosity” was also recently released on Vime.
Bera Dunau can be reached at [email protected]