I was asked to participate by curator Natalie Kates in a worthy art auction to benefit The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York. The event was Wednesday night at the Highline Loft in Chelsea and all of the proceeds from the auction went to support Alphabet City Art School which offers free visual and digital arts programs to girls and young women in NYC’s Lower East Side.
I have to admit I didn’t know a lot of the artists (I know Linda Simpson but she wasn't there) but the ones I did know that were, like Scooter LaForge, were fun to hang out with. He was with Patricia Field, who told me April 12 is THE LAST day of her store. Pat just celebrated with an exhibit of a lot artists and designers at Howl Arts last Thursday night and the day after Rock Paper Scissors, a slew of the gang from Wednesday night including Girl's Club founder, Jenny Dembrow, and Pat all got to ring the bell at the NASDAQ, along my old pal Jody Morlock, who loaned her fab one-of-a-kind coats to DJ Donna D’Cruz.
One of the hosts of the event Cynthia Rowley and I have something in common that I had to share with her. It seems she has a gold baby grand piano and so do I, and not only that, I have a hay bale bench, designed by my friend Gaston Marticorena AND SO DOES SHE. Not only THAT, we both use ours as piano benches too. We decided that we the only members of this VERY small club.
My date Susan Kilkenny also had a bit of coincidence. She’s at the home magazine and website, Domino, and the next day she was set to do a studio visit of artist, Nic Rad. She went to show me his work, and there was the man in person.
My own piece was a chalkboard screened with a color by number line drawing that is mean to be drawn on and erased by the purchaser, so I had to encourage bidding as you’ll see below. It was a fun night that raised lots of much–need dough.
In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D – a 30,000 sqare foot program space! They are dedicated to the advancement of girls with mentoring, wellness, arts, academic support and career training programs. To find out more, go here.