Gallery Aferro is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 14th. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live jazz performance by the William Spaulding Quartet, fun activities including interactive performance by Jackie Du, strong signature cocktails and endless icy craft beer from Hunterdon Brewery, fine catering, and 30+ wonderful door and raffle prizes including dance lessons, theatre tickets, and much more. Full artist list to be announced shortly.
VIP Preview Hour: 6-7 PM
Party: 7-10 PM
Afterparty 10-... ;)
All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, and public art initiatives. Advance tickets are only $25 for a regular ticket, or $100 for a VIP ticket.
Gallery Aferro is a nonprofit alternative arts space founded by artists Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox in 2003. Within a decade of existence, Newark, NJ-based Gallery Aferro has received 3 consecutive Citations of Excellence from the NJ state arts council for our ambitious annual roster of 12-15 exhibitions, with connected artist talks, performances, panels, workshops, and screenings, our year-round artist residency program, educational offerings including arts intensives and school tours, a public art initiatives, and a publication line of artist books, exhibition catalogs, essays, a sound art CD. We collaborated with more than a dozen organizations in 2013 alone!
For one night only unique artworks will be available for sale 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. Bask in the knowledge that you’ve supported downtown vibrancy, the free exchange of ideas, and arts access for the next generation. Dance and have fun.
A 2011 full-length, illustrated profile in Inside NJ magazine described our “dizzying array of contemporary art,” and Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, The Star Ledger, The Daily Record, Fast Company, and the College Art Association are among others to take notice as well. The Co-Directors were invited to join the 2013 convening of the Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellowship, Rutgers Institute for Culture, Ethnicity and the Modern Experience, and jointly shared the honor of the Printmaking Center of NJ’s 2013 Erena Ray Award for Art and Social Justice. During February 2014, Artistic Director Evonne M. Davis was interviewed on NBC 4 New York News with Newark artist Jerry Gant.
Despite our comparative organizational youth, we’ve served as the sole Newark and even NJ representation as part of larger nationwide initiatives such as 2009 nationwide screenings of a censored film organized by PPOW Gallery (NYC), and 2013’s GhostFood Truck, part of Marfa Dialogues on Climate Change from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC) and Ballroom Marfa (TX). To date, four Fulbright fellows, one Joan Mitchell awardee, and two of Eyebeam’s only female fellows have participated in our studio residency, adding to a growing brain trust of Newark-connected talent.
Donors and supporters for the event to date include: Alex and Ani, Alstede Farms, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, AutoZone, Bradford Portraits, Broadway Comedy Club, Canvas on Demand, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Chipotle, Clementon Splash World, CVS, Eastside Distillery, Fabricland, Green Kids Crafts, Jones T Shirts, Libre Tea, Looney Labs, Luna Stage, McCarter Theater, Minted, New Era Caps, Old Sturbridge Village, Rebounderz, Scout by Bungalow, Shy Brother’s Farm, Stampin Up!, Stash Tea, Stomp!, The Shannon Rose, Tinyprints, True Citrus, Turkey Hill, Zoo Books and others.