Friends and relatives of a United Nations worker killed in Haiti plan to transform a vacant former furniture store in Evanston into an art auction gallery Friday evening for a fundraiser for earthquake relief.
The event, at 1527 Chicago Ave., at the corner of Davis Street, starts at 4 p.m with early viewing, with the auction bidding running from 6 to 10 p.m.
There are plans for a cash bar, food and art from over 50 artists from all over the world up for auction. Organizers say all proceeds of the art auction will go to Unicef and all of the cash bar proceeds will be donated to the Andrew Grene Foundation, named after the UN worker killed in the quake.
The following information, with background on the event and its organizers, was submitted by Melanie Page.
When news of the earthquake in Haiti reached Gregory Grene, he immediately thought of his brother who worked for the UN there. Andrew Grene worked as special assistant to the head of the UN stabilization mission in Haiti, Hédi Annabi, and along with 84 others, he lost his life in the UN building when the earthquake hit.
This tragedy was not going to go un-marked by the family and Gregory and Andrew’s close friend Tim Perutz, immediately set up a Foundation in Andrew’s name. The Andrew Grene Foundation will raise funds for the education of children in Haiti and to aid micro financing small scale business to assist Haitian self-sufficiency.
Various events are being held to raise funds for the foundation in Europe and America. Niece of Tim Perutz, Tessa Perutz, is holding a silent art auction Feb. 19 in Evanston to raise funds for the Foundation and Unicef.
Tessa is 21 years old and is currently finishing her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Tessa has lived most of her life in Chicago but likes to travel as often as possible, to search for new artistic insight.
She is a practicing artist and a curator and her last curated show before Help Art Heal Haiti was a collection of Exquisite Corpse drawings entitled "Cadaver Corpse." That show was exhibited in Chicago at Golden Age and in Philadelphia at Space 1026.
Tessa has all sorts of interests: public art, cassette tapes, lithography, oil paint, vegetarian food, fine films, fine wine, her family, friends, interacting in new environments and philanthropy. She is very much looking forward to Friday’s event and being able to support the Foundation that is so very close to the family’s heart.
Early bids can be made to [email protected] for the art, including works by: Angel Otero, Justin B. Williams, Alex Lukas, Alyssa Doren. Sean Keenan, Thomas Stavnes, Max Roseglass, Maureen Gubia, Ben Bauman, Jordan Nickel, Moira Connelly, Osvaldo Budet, Thomas Roach, Mario Martinez, Jason Lazarus, Garrett Munski, Elisa Harkins, Aislinn Jefferies, Zebadiah Arrington, Joshua Abelow, Nina Hartmann, Candida Alvarez, Nick Jaskey, Michael Gerkovich, Bobby Burg, Jeremy Bolen, Derek Erdman, Cody Hudson, Evan Robarts, Aliza Nisenbaum, Tisch Abelow, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Scott Keightley, Ames Gerould, Coleen Self, Thomas Cowan, Matias Arganaraz, Ryan Ingebritson, Marion Ramos, Orion Martin, Diego Leclery, Judith Geichman, Dana DeGiulio.