Last Friday I attended the 15th annual Art for AIDS 2011 Auction in San Francisco, held at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria. This event had its beginning back in 1997, when a group of friends wanted to give back to their community and so Art for AIDS was born.
In the early years the planning committee consisted of a small group of artists, a teacher, a mental health program manager and a sales person. The days and nights were filled with soliciting artists, searching for sponsors, creating marketing materials, publicizing the event, pleading for sponsors, and driving to Napa Valley for wine donations and seeking sponsors. Since then each year Art for AIDS has gained in stature and notoriety, and continues as an event that follows its original mission—to raise much needed funds for those with, and at risk for, HIV.
This year I was invited by my good friend and photographer, Charles Anselmo, a contributor and member of the Art for AIDS juror. He had asked me to contribute a work of art for the next event in 2012, to which I have agreed.
So I wish to share with you some of the incredible art in a slideshow and my experiences at the event with photographs I had taken.
Samples of artwork from the Art for AIDS auction -
(all images from Art for AIDS website)
Here is a selection of photographs I took. As you can see I had a great time.
Leah Lau, UCSF AIDS Health Project Board Member, photographer and
exhibit juror being interviewed
Franc D’Ambrosio, cast member from The Phantom of the Opera
View from the second floor of the bidders
Art work samples for the ‘live auction’
Patrons viewing the art
One of the booths for the ‘silent auction’
Patrons sampling some of the many delicacies being offered
Charles Anselmo, photographer, A4A juror, contributing artist and
DeWitt Cheng, art critic and A4A juror, talking with an attendee
My good friend Charles Anselmo standing next to his large photographic print featuring
Room 3, Hardin Elementary School, New Orleans, Katrina aftermath
Greta and Manu Schnetzler, Target Practice, print on metal, being auctioned
Charles Anselmo, Room 3, Hardin Elementary School, New Orleans,
being auctioned by Patrick Walsh
Jock Sturges, Except for Clarke, LA Jenny, 2009 print being auctioned
Michael Venera, artist and winning bidder of the Jock Sturges print
Catherine Mackey, Globe #3, Multi-medium painting
Names mentioned in this post and their appropriate link:
Art for AIDS website
Art for AIDS FaceBook page
Leah Lau, UCSF AIDS Health Project Board Member,
photographer and A4A exhibit juror
Charles Anselmo, photographer and A4A exhibit juror
(site under development)
DeWitt Cheng, art critic and exhibit juror
Greta and Emmanuel Schnetzler, photographers
Jock Sturges, photographer
Michael Venera, artist
Catherine Mackey, artist
Thank you for your visit
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