THE ART OF_, an online art auction to support transgender/gender diverse youth and youth affected by HIV

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CHARITY – As one of the nation’s most comprehensive providers of mental health programs and supports for children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and transgender/gender diverse youth , The Laurier Foundation is delighted to host its first international online art auction, “The Art of _,” from May 2 to May 13, 2022.

By fusing some of the world’s most iconic artists, such as David Hockney and Andy Warhol, with gallery favorites Debora Medici-Guetta, Frank Ockenfels, Luc Bernard, William J. O’Brien, Don Flood and Salomon Khammi, to alongside transgender/gender diverse artists Danielle Paris, Ayin Es and Rhys T Hansen, nationally acclaimed HIV-positive artist Patrick Brown and emerging artists Berit Mondale, Sam Culp and Kylie Ames, The art of _ The auction will support the important mission of the Laurel Foundation, while creating a platform for artists from the community it serves, whose work deserves to be highlighted and celebrated by the artistic community in the sense large.

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Laurel Foundation offers vital mental health and support programs, as well as a gender-affirming community, at the forefront of its mission. Each year, it serves hundreds of low-income and at-risk participants through its Camp Mulberry and Camp Laurel day and resident programs. By providing an inclusive environment where campers can meet adult mentors and role models, the goal of camp is to instill a positive identity in all who attend by building self-esteem and empowering participants to build a productive and successful life. Laurel Foundation programs throughout the year are free and made possible through generous donations and – for the first time ever – The art of _ auction.

Generously sponsored by Bonham, benefiting the Laurel Foundation, the international online auction will feature more than 75 donated paintings, sculptures, photographs and contemporary objects. Online bidding will open May 2 at 1:00 PM PST and close May 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM PST.

A special viewing party will take place on May 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bonhams, with VIP viewing from 6:30-7:00 p.m. to meet selected artists and celebrities. The event’s honorary celebrity welcoming committee includes award-winning actress, producer, director, author and lawyer Jamie Lee Curtis and Carson Kressley of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Tickets for the event range from $40 (general admission) to $125 (VIP admission).

To learn more about the The art of _ auction, register for the auction and/or purchase tickets for the May 12 event, visit https://laurel-foundation.org/theartof/.

Each year, the Laurel Foundation’s free programs provide more than 700 children and youth with the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities, such as horseback riding, archery, swimming and kayaking, while being surrounded by peers who understand their unique experiences as transgender/gender. diverse youth or living with HIV/AIDS.

The art of _ the auction will feature works by artists (top) William J. O’Brien (left), Yves Klein (center); Shelly Mosman (right); (bottom) Patrick Brown (left); Debora Medici-Guetta (center); and Cherie Harte (right).

Other event sponsors include Sonoma Private Wealth Management, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Madhappy, Haritha Jewelry, Printing Palace, Monk Provisions, Curly Bartender, Tito’s Vodka, Baldwin Avenue Gallery and DJ Laree Love, in addition to numerous contributions private. . Considerable assistance was provided by Spence Gallery.

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ABOUT THE LAURIER FOUNDATION (www.Laurel-Foundation.org | @thelaurelfdn) Founded in 1993, the Laurel Foundation’s mission is to empower children affected by HIV/AIDS and transgender/gender diverse youth through free, year-round mental health and support programs. Laurel Foundation programs are a powerful antidote to the challenges of gender-diverse young people living with HIV/AIDS, and help bring a sense of empowerment, hope and joy to those served.

ABOUT BONHAMS (www.bonhams.com | @bonhams1793) Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the largest and most renowned auctioneers in the world, offering fine art and antiques, automobiles and jewellery. The main auction houses are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a global network of regional offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advisory and valuation services in 60 specialist areas.

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