“…the moment of change is the only poem.”  – Adrienne Rich

The 12th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party

Advance Regular Tickets: Change is Constant

Supporting the arts feels so good. Enjoy a night of art, music, savories and sweets, open bar, prizes, and general merriment. You can’t possibly have more fun for $25!


Advance VIP Tickets: Change is Constant

VIP ticket buyers can bid on artworks prior to general auction opening during VIP hour 6-7PM, and can access delivery options for their artwork purchases. Plus, the thrill of supporting the arts.


Gallery Aferro welcomes the new decade with a celebration of rebirth and revolution for its 12th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Party. This year’s theme — Change is Constant — highlights a night of iconoclastic expression combined with music, food, cocktails, and prizes. Hundreds of artworks will be available for auction will bring together art lovers and art buyers to proudly mark the beginning of a new era of social, civic and cultural awakening. 

The fundraiser will help Aferro create new innovative projects, including an interactive poetry phone booth and multi-interdisciplinary events, and maintain popular programming, such as artist talks, educational outreach, publications, legacy work for women and LGBTQ+ elders, and year-round exhibitions featuring established and up-and-coming artists, as well as Newark’s oldest ongoing artist workspace program. Last year, thanks to donor and community support, the residency program expanded to offer two fellowships designed to serve underrepresented groups in the arts community — artists who are parents and women-of-color artists. 

Eager art enthusiasts who’ve come out to the benefit in the past will notice the new date change. The fundraiser was held in June for 11 years straight, but now finds a new home in the Fall 2020 season, capitalizing on the theme Change is Constant. Another change for the event is the much-demanded addition of auction bidding by phone, a first for Aferro’s fundraiser.

“The world is changing. And artists have always been at the forefront of change … Aferro is now in its 17th year as a woman-led artist space bridging inclusivity and discovery, while holding space for grassroots community initiatives, and for all who wish to support,” said gallery co-founder Emma Wilcox. “Our core belief is that art is for everyone.” 

The evening will also include all new artwork never before seen at an Aferro auction, including works from artists like Bisa Washington, Jo-El Lopez, Abel Barroso, Faith Ringgold, Geri Hahn, Xaviera Simmons, and Dahlia Elsayed. Imagery for the event was designed by Elsayed, known for diasporan landscapes rooted in cartography, comics and cosmology. When attendees aren’t bidding on their favorite pieces, they can enjoy rare vinyl tracks from DJ Kortez, raffle contests, a piñata, a Nasto’s ice cream bar, and delicious nibbles like artist-made cupcakes.

Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Special VIP tickets with early access to artwork for sale and a VIP happy hour are also available for $125 in advance or $150 at the door. Gallery Aferro is located at 73 Market Street in Newark, New Jersey.

For more information, contact Candace Nicholson, Gallery Manager, (973) 353-9533, cnicholson@aferro.org

See everyone really soon!

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