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Come As You Are: 10th Annual Art Auction and Party

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gallery Aferro Celebrates 15th Anniversary as an Alternative Art Space with COME AS YOU ARE Benefit Art Auction and Party Honoring James Abruzzo

The 10th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party
June 16, 2018, 7-10 PM 
Advance Party Tickets $45 / At Door $50
Advance VIP Tickets for access to 6-7 PM VIP Happy Hour $125 / At Door $150*
ON SALE NOW For tickets, and more information https://aferro.org/exhibitions/upcoming/

*VIP Ticket holders can bid on artworks prior to general auction opening

Newark, NJ: 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 has dedicated his working life to strengthening civil society by training, mentoring, recruiting, and coaching leaders of nonprofit organizations. As Global Head, Nonprofit Practice of DHR International, he leads a team within this retained executive search firm whose clients include NGOs, cultural organizations, foundations, social service and educational institutions. James opened and managed the first retained executive search office in the City of Newark and recruited the CEOs for NJPAC, NJSO, the Newark Museum, Newark Symphony Hall and the Newark Library. In 2004, recognizing the growing gap in leadership in the nonprofit sector, James and Alex Plinio, with the encouragement of then-Chancellor Steve Diner, created the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. 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


June 16
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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