The Saint Louis Watercolor Society is joining artists around the world to show our support for the people of Ukraine by posting and exhibiting paintings of sunflowers, their national flower.
Near the end of February, one of our members suggested that we challenge our group to paint sunflowers and post them on the Saint Louis Watercolor Society group Facebook page, and then exhibit them at CJ Muggs in Webster Groves from April 20 to July 20.
As Helen Mirren once said, “I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. That’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
Among other things, these flowers represent optimism, peace and longevity, which we all wish for the strong people of Ukraine.
This exhibit represents our solidarity with the Ukrainian people and serves as hope for peace.
Here are some photos of the installation at CJ Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119; Open Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sun, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.