ARTWALK NY Raises Over $800,000

By Rachel Edelman

More than 800 guests joined Co-chairs Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, and Carey Lowell at the 16th annual ARTWALK NY held at Skylight Studio on November 4, 2010. More than $800,000 was raised for the Coalition’s programs and services.

The annual live and silent art auction and cocktail party honored renowned artist James Rosenquist for his tremendous contributions to contemporary art, and longtime Coalition supporters Gail and Al Engelberg, for their invaluable philanthropic efforts.

The live auction brimmed with excitement as guests clamored to listen to remarks from Baldwin, Gere, and Lowell. Auctioneer Aileen Agopian presided over the lively crowd, as works by Francesco Clemente, Gregory Crewdson, Nan Goldin, Wade Guyton, Leonard Rosenfeld, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Kim McCarty, Vik Muniz, James Rosenquist, Andres Serrano, and Andy Warhol were auctioned off.

More than 100 works were featured in the silent auction, with highlights including a custom-made FENDI handbag, and works from artists including Christo, Shepard Fairey, Roxy Paine, Richard Philips, and Ed Ruscha.

After browsing the auction and bidding on a few works to take home, guests were able to mingle in the FENDI VIP Lounge hosted by title sponsor FENDI, and sample dishes from Betel, Ed’s Lobster Bar, Indochine, Michael’s, Osteria il Paiolo, and Macao Trading Co. Dessert sponsor Lulu Cake Boutique served cupcakes and attendees sipped wine, beer and champagne courtesy of Sud de France Wines, Stella Artois, and Nicholas Feuillatte.

The Coalition for the Homeless is grateful to the many sponsors, artists, and Benefit Committee members who made the event a great success.

Published in Safety Net, Winter 2011