Support Ukraine by Seeing the Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine Exhibit

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Open to the public tomorrow, March 15th from 12 pm-9 pm PST in Hollywood!

Women.com attended a private preview of the new exhibit, The Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine Exhibit at the Lighthouse Art Space in Los Angeles. The exhibit highlights the life and works of Taras Shevchenko, who was a highly influential Ukrainian poet, artist, and humanist. 100% of proceeds from the exhibit will be going directly to the Red Cross and National Bank of Ukraine Fund. The exhibit will be open to the public on March 15th from 12 PM to 9 PM for one day only. But if you can’t attend in person you can still go online to donate and watch the exhibit virtually.

At the preview, Women.com was fortunate to speak with a special guest, Karina Smirnoff. Karina is a Ukraine-born ballroom dancer and winner of Dancing With the Stars Season 13. We had an emotional and enlightening conversation with Karina about the current situation in Ukraine and how you can help. Karina shares her connection with Shevchenko’s work and offers her words of encouragement to the people of Ukraine. Keep scrolling to watch our exclusive interview with Karina to hear more about the exhibit, what’s going on in Ukraine, and how you can help!


“The most logical thing for all of us is to want peace. To sustain peace because that’s what gives life more joy.”

-Karina Smirnoff


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About Taras Shevchenko

Born in 1814, Taras Shevchenko was a Ukrainian poet, artist, and humanist. Shevchenko was known for establishing the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature. He left behind numerous masterpieces as an artist and illustrator that left an impact on Ukrainian culture. His poetry alone shaped the growth of Ukrainian literature.

As a student, Shevchenko was accepted into the Academy of Arts in the workshop of Kari Briullov. Eventually, he became a resident student at the Association for the Encouragement of Artists. As his success in his early career began, he won two silver medals. One for a landscape painting he submitted in the annual examinations at the Imperial Academy of Arts. The second, for his first oil painting, The Beggar Giving Bread To A Dog. As the years continued, the awards kept coming, and in 1840, he published, Kobzar, his first collection of poetry. In 1844, Shevchenko created an album of etchings called Picturesque. The album included Ukraine's historical ruins and cultural monuments.

On April 5, 1847, Schevchenko was arrested for being a member Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius. After receiving a pardon, he was arrested again due to blasphemy. Upon his release, he was sent back to Saint Petersburg.

Shevchenko died in Saint Petersburg on March 10, 1861. His last years were spent working on paintings, new poetry, and engravings. Today, he is viewed as an iconic influential figure of the Ukrainian nation. The monument of Shevchenko is located at Kiev University.


"When shall we get ourselves a Washington

To promulgate his new and righteous law?

But someday we shall surely

find the man!"

-Taras Shevchenko, 1848


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If you can’t make it to the exhibit in person, you can still donate to the cause and experience the exhibit virtually, at the link here!

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