MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) – Whereas dozens of artists lined the road for Arbor Lakes Chalkfest, Tetiana Talanova’s story behind her artwork may need been probably the most compelling.
Hailing from Kyiv, Talanova and her husband Alex Maksiov have been fixtures of the Maple Grove occasion practically yearly of its existence. When the struggle started in Ukraine, Talanova was capable of go away for Berlin. Maksiov, nevertheless, remains to be in Kyiv unable to go away.
“Issues occurring in Ukraine are actually robust for our nation proper now, it’s form of damaged,” Talanova stated. “I used to be praying that it couldn’t occur, however deep inside I used to be ready for this.”
Nonetheless, Talanova stated her look and artwork at Chalkfest was a precedence — an opportunity to do the factor she loves.
“It’s one thing I’ve been doing since childhood. Simply part of me, I’m all the time drawing one thing,” she stated.
Whereas Maksiov couldn’t attend Chalkfest in individual, a staff of artists labored to convey one among his authentic designs to life – straight subsequent to Talanova’s. Along with elevating cash for the couple by ideas, the Chalkfest web site is elevating cash for Ukraine by a tab on its web site.
“All people who comes to those occasions turns into a part of the household, and so at any time when anyone is having one thing happening of their life, we prefer to rally round them,” stated Chalkfest creator Shawn McCann.
Talanova’s artwork featured a conventional Ukrainian jug shattered however repaired.
“I actually imagine all the things will likely be good,” Talanova stated. “This jug will likely be put again collectively.”