Come meet the artist and talk to her about her inspirations at the reception during November’s First Friday celebration. For more information about activities up and down Main Street, visit downtownbloomsburg.org/first-fridays.
Tina’s show runs October 14th through November 22nd.
Tina’s artist’s statement:
“I am a Ukrainian-born photographer with a professional IT career who found a second home in the warm embrace of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. My story began with my move from Ukraine to New York in 2010, a journey marked by struggle and survival. However, it was in Bloomsburg where I found my true calling. Amidst the challenges of adapting to a new place and coping with depression, I discovered solace and expression through my camera lens.
“Fundraisers that I organized for Ukraine became the bridge to this welcoming community. These events, where people came together to support me and my homeland, opened doors to connections and involvement in different local clubs. It was here that I found inspiration from fellow photographers, pushing me to explore photography as a means of fundraising for Ukraine. Photography thus became my dual passion: a creative outlet capturing the serene landscapes of Pennsylvania and the vibrant life of Bloomsburg, as well as a channel to support Ukraine.
“My work is a tribute to the people who uplifted me, from supportive neighbors to inspiring members of local clubs. Each portrait and landscape in this showcase represents a chapter of my journey, a piece of my heart.
“But the purpose of this showcase goes beyond art. It’s an opportunity for the local community to see their neighbors, the places they know, and the landscapes they pass through daily, through my eyes, through my camera lens. It offers a fresh perspective on the familiar, a chance to view the familiar from the outsider’s gaze.
“This exhibition is not just a display of art; it’s a testament to resilience, community, and the unbreakable spirit of a small-town that welcomed a foreigner as one of its own.”