Her story is an inspiration for both Ukrainians and Americans. How would a single person leverage her passion, skills, and talent to raise over $60,000 for the UNWLA Humanitarian Fund? How would they achieve such incredible results, all while following their heart?
Growing up in upstate New York, Andrea traces her lineage back to a small town near the historic city of Poltava in the heart of Ukraine. Her father and grandfather were Ukrainian Orthodox priests. Her mother, originally from Ternopil, was an art teacher, sharing Ukrainian culture and traditions with her daughter. As a little girl, Andrea sat in on her mother’s lessons and made traditional Ukrainian pysanka eggs. The ritual of beeswax dying, kistka-mastery, and unique symbols follow her throughout her life.
Her pursuit of education led Andrea to Boston, where she later became a professional graphic designer. Working full-time, Andrea spent her nights and weekends writing pysanky and regularly showcased her work at crafts fairs. Nine years ago, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, following her husband’s music career.