Come As You Are
Gallery Aferro’s 10th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 16th, 2018
7-10pm @ 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ
VIP Preview 6PM – 7PM
Auction 7PM – 9:30PM
Gallery Aferro Celebrates 15th Anniversary as an Alternative Art Space with COME AS YOU ARE Benefit Art Auction and Party Honoring James Abruzzo
Gallery Aferro is ecstatic to announce our best ever benefit art auction and party, and invites everyone to join us to celebrate this milestone anniversary for your very own proudly artist-run space in Newark, NJ. Unlike any other gala, our event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live music in four languages by Joya Angola Thompson, Nadine LaFond, and Emily Turonis, strong summer cocktails and delicious catering reflecting NJ’s magnificent demographic diversity, including a homemade artisan ice cream bar, and an array of door prizes including getaway packages.
Our 2018 Honoree James Abruzzo is a life-long influencer and supporter of the arts. Over his thirty-plus years as a professional consultant to arts organizations he helps to strengthen the arts in America and abroad by training, mentoring, recruiting, and coaching leaders of nonprofit organizations, providing strategy, compensation and search consulting, and serving on a number of arts boards. As Global Head, Nonprofit Practice of DHR International, he leads a team whose clients include NGOs, cultural organizations, foundations, social service and educational institutions throughout the world. In 2003, James relocated the DHR New Jersey executive search office to Newark and has recruited the CEOs for NJPAC, NJSO, the Newark Museum, Newark Symphony Hall and the Newark Library. He also created Gallery One, located in the office at One Raymond Blvd, where he presented a number of one-person shows featuring, among others, Victor Davson, Nancy Cohen and Katherine Parker. Gallery One was part of the Newark Art Walk.
In 2004, James co-created the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. The Institute provides leadership training to nonprofit executives, including Aferro Gallery’s two leaders, Evonne and Emma. In addition to his affiliation at Rutgers, James has taught in the arts management graduate programs at Columbia University, the University of Bologna and the Institute for Culture and Media Management at the Free University in Berlin. Through those associations and through mentoring, James has influenced three generations of students who are now leading organizations in the sector. He has devoted special attention to identifying, training, mentoring and promoting arts leaders from underrepresented communities and at the IEL created the Cultural and Ethnic Arts Leadership Program. His writings and presentations on the business and ethics of the arts may be found at http://www.jamesabruzzo.net
Trained as a classical pianist, James enjoys a life-long professional and personal interest in the arts – he served long stints on the board of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation and as chairman of Dieu Donne Paper Mill and today serves on the boards of the Saul Steinberg Foundation and the Global Friends of Netherlands Dance Theater. James continues to influence the nonprofit sector through his leadership at DHR and through his compensation consulting to boards and presidents of nonprofit organizations.
In his leisure time, James practices the piano and plays tennis. Together with his wife Lorraine, they collect contemporary art, and spend time with their children and four granddaughters in the Berkshires, surrounded by the lake and gardens, frequenting the region’s cultural organizations.
Like James, we are deeply committed to civil society and to living our values. For the gallery, this means an unbending commitment to holding space for ideas, dialogue, and joy.
All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions and wide range of public events, artist residencies, publications, public art, educational offerings, collaborations, and innovative, community-responsive projects such as our mobile portrait studio. It all began in 2003 here in Newark, when artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox founded an arts and community space named Aferro: (Portuguese, idiomatic) Bound or chained to an insane idea, or an idea that is difficult to achieve.
Located downtown since 2006, the gallery has received 5 back-to-back Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has been described by Inside New Jersey magazine as offering “a dizzying array of contemporary art.” The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has praised our “expansive vision, impact in Newark as well as regionally and even internationally”, and our “exemplary mentoring opportunities for young artists.” Radius magazine has described the gallery as a place where “exuberant extremes of age and background come together,” and Brick City Live has commented on our “community-minded, experimental, collaborative, and DIY ethos.”
For one night only unique artworks will be available at prices that will enlarge or establish your collection. Delight a friend, colleague or loved one with the gift of artwork. Bring someone who’s never been to the gallery, or to Newark, or someone you come with every year. Support the free exchange of ideas. Dance and have fun. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on facebook, instagram and twitter #galleryaferro