Join AHP in honoring Rex Ray
In recognition of the innovative artist and designer Rex Ray and his recent passing, AHP will honor his life, art and lasting presence at the 19th annual Art for AIDS. He passed away from a four-year battle with cancer in February, this year.
“Rex Ray’s continuous support of AHP—year after year, he donated his art to our annual auction—is the kind of commitment that has ensured not only our survival, but also our commitment to provide the highest quality services,” said James Dilley, MD, AHP’s Executive Director. “Even the best of intentions cannot sustain that sort of commitment without the confidence that folks like Rex are dedicated to our cause.”
When it was founded 19 years ago, Art for AIDS featured many unknown local artists who sold their art to raise money for friends living with HIV/AIDS. Now, the auction is AHP’s annual fundraiser, and has grown to include notable artists such as Hung Liu, Jock Sturges, Brian Blood, Matthew Frederick, Fernando Reyes, Lucky Rapp, Jylian Gustlin, and many others. Amongst these artists, Ray became a loyal AHP donor, developing relationships with the Art for AIDS committee members and AHP staff.
Ray’s work, often in the form of collages and paintings, is uniquely designed, vibrant, colorful, psychedelic and accessible. Therefore, it is no surprise to find his art featured in the permanent collections of museums like SFMOMA and the Denver Art Museum. In addition to his paintings, Ray designed more than 100 concert posters for Bill Graham Presents, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Radiohead. He also did graphic design for Apple, DreamWorks, Sony Music, and Warner Brothers. In fact, Ray’s career took off when the digital designs he produced as guerrilla marketing for nightclubs and rock ’n’ roll shows became ubiquitous.
Aside from his artistic talents, Ray was known for his vibrant personality. “It’s really special to be able to honor Rex Ray,” stated Jose Portillo, the Alliance Health Project event coordinator. He later added, “he was so open and friendly, and I feel really blessed to have had the opportunity to meet him and work with him through his donations to AHP.” This year’s auction which is dedicated to Ray’s prolific life, contains 179 gallery quality art works, including paintings, photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Guests will enjoy gourmet food and wine from Bay Area restaurants and wineries like Bisou, E & O, Garabaldis, Melon’s Catering, Precita Park Café, and Miner Family Winery.
Art for AIDS, the Alliance Health Project’s annual fundraiser, expects to bring more than 700 supporters to the City View on Friday October 9th at 6pm. Join us for our 19th annual premier art auction! AHP provides mental health services to the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, including HIV counseling and testing, psychiatry and psychotherapy, substance use counseling and case management, and crisis intervention. AHP also conducts research and provider education and trainings throughout the nation.
Visit the event website at artforaids.org
October 9, 2015
City View at Metreon
135 4th Street, San Francisco
Silent Auction begins at 6:00 PM, Live Auction at 7:00pm
VIP Reception at 5:30PM