My mom, Sophia Lada was an visual artist throughout almost all her 74 year life, with her artwork enjoyed by many worldwide. I am her only child, with moral support from my wife and 9 year old daughter, and her loving circle of friends and family.
In her last wishes, before dying on Feb 14, 2016 of bladder cancer that spread aggressively towards the end of her 3 year battle with it, she requested a retrospective of her life's work, gathered from her own, my, and other private collections. Lada, as she was called, also requested a printed catalog be published with her works. Along with this, a much better dedicated website needs to be created to honour her and her work. I am gathering funds in lieu of flowers or charitable donations in her name, to make this a reality, as she did not have the means left, nor do I, to create this tribute to a truly amazing person and artist. Her cause was to spread love, beauty, and spiritualism through her art. “Lada” is the goddess of love and beauty in ancient Slavic mythology. Her artwork reflects that.
Lada’s work and some bio info can be seen at www.sophialada.com
. Although also exhibited and enjoyed outside of the Ukrainian community, so much of her works are rooted in ancient or traditional Ukrainian themes. Sometimes directly, like in the case of her Byzantine iconography, church murals, and her famous "banki", or indirectly, like being inspired by Ukrainian / slavic mythology and poetry. Her work is in permanent collections at museums including Ukrainian Musem, NYC; Canadian Museum of Civilization; Hull QC; National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv; Harvard University, Ukrainian Research Institute, Cambridge MS; and the Ukrainian Museum, Rome, Italy.
The stated funding goal is modest and approximate, and will likely change as more details are finalized. Considering the show was requested to be at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City, exchange rates; cost of shipping from the two key collections; cost of shipping back and forth individual works in private collections; catalog production; some additional photography needed for the catalog and website; catalog design and printing; and opening event...all add up considerably. We will start with photographing, cataloging and creating a database of her works, essential for planning any exhibits. This will also enable archival giclee prints, on canvas and watercolor paper (chosen based on original medium used) to be available on demand, online, from her current website, with proceeds also used to fund the show and catalog. Other types of mediums and objects with her art are also available. I encourage everyone to take advantage of an affordable, easy way of enjoying Lada's art in your home or workplace, or for unique and memorable gifts that are passed onto future generations. Feel free to communicate with me before ordering a large print, to make sure the digital file on the system is high enough quality before some works are re-photographed at a higher quality.
We hope to be able to make the exhibit available, in whole or in part, to museums and galleries in some or all of these locations, with most of these locales having played an important role in her life, and with friends and family there: Toronto; Winnipeg; Philadelphia; The venues would be the Ukrainian Museum in New York City; Grazhda gallery Hunter, NY; and we are approaching The Ukrainian Museum in Saskatoon and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art next, the latter which Lada participated in a three women show before.
The initial funding goal, will also allow time and resources for securing additional funding that is needed through possible grants, sponsors, museum donors, etc. For example, the Ukrainian Museum in NYC said a typical exhibit cost is upward of $50,000 USD for only that museum. We hope to be able to have the exhibit, once assembled, travel to other museums and galleries.
We thank you for your time in reading this and considering a donation. Feel free to contact me, Mir Lada, at 647-895-5232 if you have any questions, ideas, or if you own any Sophia Lada artwork, as I will be creating a database of her work, seeking information for it that is not in an organized or accessible state now.
A check can be sent instead, to a special account for donations for her exhibit, catalog, and website. It can be is CAD or USD.
Sophia Lada Art Fund
c/o Mir Lada
4 Мelbourne Place
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2B9
If you prefer to donate to The Ukrainian Museum directly towards the exhibit, please let me know, and I can email you instructions.