Art for Eternity collection of Biblical Art on Exhibit at Parkway Heights UMC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                             DATE: March 27, 2018

Hattiesburg, MS – Parkway Heights United Methodist Church is hosting a display of Biblical art from the Kindness Foundation's 'Art for Eternity' collection. The collection is made up entirely of pieces created by students aged 10 to 18 in Russia and Ukraine. The exhibit contains several Easter themed pieces as well as pieces depicting other scripture from the Bible.

The collection will be on display at Parkway Heights, located at 2420 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg, MS, through April and may be viewed during regular office hours: From 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on Friday.

The art pieces were submitted during annual Easter art contests organized by the Russian Kindness Foundation (Fond Dobro), the Russian Ministry of Education, the Ukrainian Federal Ministry of Education and the Ukrainian Kindness Foundation.

The Kindness Foundation has distributed Bibles to students in Russia, Ukraine and Latvia, through a program which began over 20 years ago when the Russian government recognized the need to develop a strong moral code after seventy five years of Communism left their society faltering.

Dr. Olga Lutsenko, formerly an official with the Academy of Pedagogical Science in the Russian Department of Education, founded Kindness International and signed an agreement to provide Bibles and to oversee the curriculum. In 1996, Dr. Olga and her husband, Rev. Fred Lutsenko, later partnered with Hattiesburg real estate broker, DeLois Smith and her husband, Lavon Smith, to form the Kindness Foundation in Hattiesburg.

The Russian and Ukrainian children's Biblical art exhibit is presented by the Hattiesburg based Kindness Foundation. According to Art Exhibit Director, Janet Blouin, "These young students create wonderfully inspiring art from specific scriptures to tell the story of God’s love as presented in His Word and Kindness is honored to be a part of this important ministry."

If you would like to schedule an exhibit of the ‘Art for Eternity’ collection, please contact the Kindness Foundation at (601) 545-9090. Prints and cards created from the art pieces are also available and help to f und the ministry. For more information, please visit the website at or send an email to

Photo above: “Jesus in the Garden of Olives” was painted by a 12 year old public school student in Russia and is part of the Kindness Foundation’s ‘Art for Eternity’ collection of Biblical Art.