Eight beautiful paintings by the famous artist Anna Birshtein were donated to two wards of the Diema’s Dream Charitable Foundation. Several works on the theme of Spring, Tulips, Still Lifes worth more than half a million rubles will decorate the walls of institutions for children with severe and multiple developmental disorders (SMND).
The wards of the Bobrovsky orphanage for children with disabilities have been in quarantine for almost two years. And the very location of the institution is in a picturesque forest on the border with Estonia, in the border zone, which is not easy to get to. The management of the institution, together with philanthropists, is making attempts to diversify the life of children and living conditions. In 2020, the foundation equipped a salt cave here for halotherapy and children’s health improvement. Now bright pictures, new impressions and a feeling of spring all year round have been brought to the children’s home.
In the Center for Curative Pedagogics and Differentiated Education in Pskov, which is a federal platform for helping children with SMDD and a partner of the Diema’s Dream Charitable Foundation, the paintings were greeted by parents and students – children with special needs. It was a real event and a moment of joy and hope that spring is coming, life goes on. Each work is really filled with life and light.
Parents and teachers conveyed words of gratitude and pride that their center would be decorated with the works of such an author. Art helps!
“Anna Maksovna Birshtein is a Soviet and Russian artist, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Winner of the Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts. Born in 1947 in Moscow in the family of artists Max Birshtein and Nina Vatolina. Her works are kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, as well as in many other museums, collections and private collections of art connoisseurs around the world. She has been a major philanthropist for programs to help children for more than 10 years and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dima Mechta Charitable Foundation, ”explains the director of the fund, Elena Volodina.
The artist herself talks about her work in the following way: “I always really want to help different children, and if my works make people happy, I am happy. This is the meaning of my work – to please. Flowers always inspire me. I look at them and rejoice, they inspire interesting faces of people, images of people. My art is my life. It’s like looking at the world, like loving someone. I’m not pursuing any special ideas.
A lot is happening in the world right now. I try to keep peace in my soul. Although I am very worried. Worrying is natural for every person. Creativity helps me cope with the challenges of modern times. Creativity generally helps to live in the world. Like all people, now I dream of peace, so that what is happening ends. And so that children live in peace, love and care. I dream that people come to their senses, find mutual understanding, take care of each other. I am glad that I am invited to auctions, people are interested in paintings and that they bring joy. This is the happiness of life.”