On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Project Art hosted their Second Annual Gala with a contemporary art auction. It took place on the 48th Floor of One Bryant Park and, needless to stay, there were stunning views of the city’s skyline. The artwork to be auctioned through Paddle 8 by C. K. Swett of Phillips was on display. It included paintings, sculptures, and photography curated by Cecelia Stucker. Some of the artists included Max Snow, David Brooks, Etienne Chambaud, Rachel Rossin, Andrew Sutherland, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Curtis Kulig, Drew Heitzler and David Brooks. There was both a live and silent auction.
Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails by Cayrum and wine from Conway Family Wines as well as hors d’oeurvres. There were raffle tickets being sold for a stay at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Lake Como, Italy for two nights and three days. It is one of the oldest hotels in that area and the only 5 star hotel in Bellagio. The after-party was held at Parlor New York where guests danced the night away to DJ Gabriel Levy.
The guests of honor included Amir A. Dossal, the United Nations Chief Liason for Ted Turner’s $1 billion dollar donation to UN causes as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel from Harlem. The night was sponsored by Credit Suisse, CNN/Turner Philanthropy, the Durst Organization and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. The media sponsors were artnet Worldwide, Art Observed and Exhibition A.
Project Art was able to raise more than their fundraising goal of the night. Proceeds will support Project Art in offering free visual arts education and career opportunities for Harlem’s youth. $100 paid for 1/2 semester of art classes for one child, $200 paid for a full semester for one child, $400 paid for two children to have a full semester, $1000 paid for 1/2 class of students for a full semester, $2500 paid for an entire class of students for one semester and a student exhibition, and $5,000 paid for a complete brand of ProjectArt for a semester (3 classes/ 30 students.) They will be expanding during the summer.