Art for life

July 10, 2008

7/14 Update – The Art For Life Auction has been extended until July 24th

More Obama, right?… Well, this is something special. After Shepard’s initial feeling not to make a fine art piece of the OBAMA image, he thought about it and was presented with an opportunity to do something exceptional. When Shepard was asked by industry heavyweight, Russell Simmons, to donate a piece for his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, he felt this was a worthy cause. The piece is being auctioned for the Art For Life Charity event. This piece is approximately 4×6 foot in size and its a mixed media stencil collage on paper. It may be the only fine art piece of this image available to the public. You can bid on the piece through the Art For Life Auction here.

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For the ninth year, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is proud to present ART FOR LIFE East Hampton, its annual benefit event celebrating the creative energy of New York City youth. This benefit is one of Rush Philanthropic’s most important annual fundraising efforts, attended annually by a sold-out audience of more than 750 leaders in the entertainment, arts, business, and philanthropic communities.

ART FOR LIFE is Rush Philanthropic’s primary outreach to friends and supporters. Through this event, we are able to serve thousands of children by helping them acquire the skills needed to build a successful life. After eight sold out successful years, we are poised to make our ninth year even more exciting. The evening will honor exemplary individuals for success in their respective fields and good works to better the community. Past honorees include Forest Whitaker, Judith Jamison, Karen Brooks Hopkins and Joseph V. Melillo of Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc., Tracy Maitland of Advent Capital Management, David Rosenberg of Unifund, Alicia Keys, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Donna Karan, Raymond McGuire, John Demsey of MAC Cosmetics, Tom Schutte of Pratt Institute, Ross Bleckner, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s, Sherry B. Bronfman, Michael Goldstein, Earl G. Graves Sr., Tommy Hilfiger, Cathy Hughes, Linda Johnson Rice, Michael Lee-Chin, Cynthia Nixon, Gordon Parks, VH1’s John Sykes, and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Lowery Stokes Sims). Past hosts of the event include Kelly Ripa, Queen Latifah, Star Jones, Rosie Perez, Cynthia Nixon, Mos Def and Cedric “The Entertainer”. Guests have included Senator Chuck Schumer, Bob Johnson of BET, Ken Chenault of American Express, the cast of Sex and the City, Heather Graham, Harvey Weistein, Juanita Jordon, Holly Robinson Peete, Gayle King, Martha Stewart, Usher, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Jon Bon Jovi, Ron Perelman, Ellen Barkin, Betsey Johnson, Patricia Field, Al Roker & Debra Roberts, Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis, Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Katie Couric, Richard Parsons of AOL Time Warner, Rev. Al Sharpton, Marty Richards, and Donny Deutsch of Deutsch Inc.

To become a Sponsor or purchase tables/tickets, please contact:
Tracey Doolin, Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at212. 254.6677.

Or, email or call Marc Eastwood, Development Associate, at 917.229.7207. For general questions about ART FOR LIFE East Hampton please contact Isis Adewale, Marketing/Special Events Associate, at 212.997.3010.