The charity Fountain House, which raises money for mentally ill actors, had a 100-artist Mad About Art auction and cocktail party fundraiser on November 20th at Cedar Lake in Chelsea, and I was lucky enough to attend. The event chairs were John P. Casaly, Rick Froio, Carmel and Brett Fromson, Dario Gristina, Leslie Harwood, Rich Hiler, Louis J. Mantia, Bonnie and Frank Pratt, Jerry Schumm and Gabriel Stefania.
|Sign at Entrance|
There was art for all different tastes, and instead of bidding live, guests bid on iPads being held by bidding assistants with glittery Panama hats. There was lovely food served (including Korean barbecue and a wonderful pasta station that offered dozens of add-ons from mushrooms to scallions to porchetta, plus offered squid ink capellini)! There was a performance by the legendary songstress Suzanne Vega and a black and white them that lent itself not only to how the guests were dressed, but to black and white striped beach canopies that VIP guests got to sit under. It was a young hip crowd, but one who really appreciated art.
|Black and White VIP Tent|
|Federico Castelluccio and girlfriend|
Event photos by Anne Raso