Ukrainian mural exhibition opens at Fort Myers Union after vandalism


It started with two artists painting two murals in support of war-torn Ukraine. Then someone painted those murals.

That changed everything.

Now, a new art exhibition is opening next week at the Art League in Fort Myers. And there are more than two murals.

There are at least 20 of them, all painted by artists from southwest Florida in the last month.

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Pine Island artist Roland Ruocco painted this new work for Art Alliance's new Ukrainian mural exhibition. It shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy against the burned-out buildings of an unnamed Ukrainian city in the background.

Erik Schlake – one of the creators of the first two murals – said he was impressed with the quick response from the community and the quality of the art. Especially given the low-key beginnings of the original project.

“It just came out of the conversation about Ukraine and Zelensky,” Schleck said. “We were like, ‘Hey, do you know what we’re supposed to do?’ We just put it into action.


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