Art Auction for Refugees

Art flies off the walls in benefit for Syrian refugee children, safety and education first

Art flies off the walls in benefit for Syrian refugee children

UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Maria Bush, Sabiha Rehmatullah, Fadila Kibsgaard
Maria Bush, Sabiha Rehmatullah, Fadila Kibsgaard. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Melissa Aron, Lama Daniel
Melissa Aron, Lama Daniel. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Veronique Prentice, Lisa LaGrone, Nelson Bowman, Rania Daniel, Dina Alsowayel, Rania Matar
Veronique Prentice, Lisa LaGrone, Nelson Bowman, Rania Daniel, Dina Alsowayel, Rania Matar. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Lutfi Rukab, Ali Ansari, Ali Kooros
Lutfi Rukab, Ali Ansari, Ali Kooros. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Javier Loya, Becca Cason Thrash, Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi
 Javier Loya, Becca Cason Thrash, Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Fay Zakhem
Fay Zakhem. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Sima Ladjevardian, Rana Abboushi
Sima Ladjevardian, Rana Abboushi. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Herman Stude, Aliya Stude
Herman Stude, Aliyya Stude. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Nijad Fares, Zeina Fares
Nijad Fares, Zeina Fares.  Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Stephanie Landes, Daria Daniel
Stephanie Landes, Daria Daniel. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Rick Lowe
Rick Lowe. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis, Christopher Gardner
Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis, Christopher Gardner. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Ann Holmes, Sonya Renner
Ann Holmes, Sonya Renner. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Suhail Sikhtian, Janwa Sikhtian
Suhail Sikhtian, Janwa Sikhtian. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Louise Chehlaoui, Alma Kantarjian, Chaida Midani
Louise Chehlaoui, Alma Kantarjian, Chaida Midani. Photo by Jenny Antill
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Maria Bush, Sabiha Rehmatullah, Fadila Kibsgaard
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Melissa Aron, Lama Daniel
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Veronique Prentice, Lisa LaGrone, Nelson Bowman, Rania Daniel, Dina Alsowayel, Rania Matar
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Lutfi Rukab, Ali Ansari, Ali Kooros
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Javier Loya, Becca Cason Thrash, Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Fay Zakhem
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Sima Ladjevardian, Rana Abboushi
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Herman Stude, Aliya Stude
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Nijad Fares, Zeina Fares
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Stephanie Landes, Daria Daniel
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Rick Lowe
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis, Christopher Gardner
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Ann Holmes, Sonya Renner
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16  Suhail Sikhtian, Janwa Sikhtian
UNICEF Art Auction, 5/16 Louise Chehlaoui, Alma Kantarjian, Chaida Midani

UNICEF's No Lost Generation program, aimed at getting refugee children back into school, benefited substantially from generous bidding on a variety of  Middle Eastern artwork offered in auction recently at Deborah Colton Gallery.

Thirty-five works sold well above their value with proceeds earmarked for programs aiding Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan.

The event, bringing the refugee crisis to the forefront, was chaired by Dina Alsowayel, Rania Daniel and Veronique Prentice with Deborah Colton providing her gallery for the fundraiser. For the evening, organizers gathered works from prominent, established and emerging artists, many of whom show in galleries in Europe and the Middle East, thus the significant bidding.

La Table restaurant served Middle Eastern-themed cuisine while entertainment echoed the region — the Frequencies ensemble, featuring vocalist Radwan Ktech, who starred in the Arabic version of the Voice, and violinist Andrey Mukaddasi, a graduate of the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus. 

Joining the evening were Sima Ladjevardian, Nijad Fares, Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner, Fay Zakhem, Ali Kooros, Ali Ansari, Ghaida Midani, Lida and Massoud Moradi, Aliyya and Herman Stude, Lucinda and Javier Loya, Monsour Taghdisi, Becca Cason Thrash, and Maria and Neil Bush.

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