AHP Fundraiser—The Results!
What happens when you combine art, philanthropists, a tribute to artist Rex Ray, a thrilling auctioneer, a room full of collectors—and spectacular city views? You raise a lot of money for HIV and LGBTQ programs at UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP), more money, in fact, than we have ever raised: more than $325,000. That’s what happened at Art for AIDS on October 9, 2015.
The 19th annual Art for AIDS has become a must-attend event for art lovers, designers, collectors, and philanthropists. All proceeds from the event go toward AHP’s services, supporting the mental health and wellness of the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives.
With views of Yerba Buena Gardens and the cityscape surrounding it, the Metreon’s City View provided the perfect backdrop for 179 works of local and national artists. The result was an evening of spirited silent and live auction bidding for works in all media.
The live auction was punctuated by several especially competitive bidding wars, in particular, the sale of Eric Rewitzer’s Godzilla, a gorgeous linocut of the monster lizard attacking the Transamerica building. Valued at $3,000, fierce rivalry pushed the final price up to $7,000! Retwitzer and his spouse Annie Galvin, whose iconic “I love California” piece sold for nearly 100% above retail, own 3 Fish Studios, a gallery, storefront, and art center in the city’s outer Sunset District.
Also the focus of hot pursuit Rex Ray’s piece titled Platismatia inspired bidding to soar to $8,100. Ray, a longtime Art for AIDS supporter who died this year and to whom the auction was dedicated, is known for graphically stunning collage and mixed media pieces as well as paintings and a line of commercial products that have been popularized by the SF MOMA. Ray’s friend and gallerist, Griff Williams of Gallery 16, prepared the audience for bidding on the print of one of Ray’s powerful collage works, with a heartfelt tribute. In addition, works by Hung Liu, Jhina Alvarado, Heidi McDowell, Johnny Botts, and Kristine Mays also inspired a bustle of action in live auction bidding.
“We could not do this without the generous support of artists, restaurants, and beverage donors!” AHP Executive Director James Dilley, MD, remarked. “Our Host Committee and Community Advisory Board members raised tens of thousands of dollars in sponsorships. And more than one hundred extraordinary volunteers—plus all 57 of AHP interns and staff—helped to make this year’s auction a grand success.”
If you couldn’t make it to the evening, view the art and learn more about the event at www.artforaids.org. Find your red carpet photos here!