ARTMKT RECAP – Janet Lehr Dateline: March 21, 2014
ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel Raises over $50,000 at its 6th ANNUAL ART AUCTION TO SUPPORT AT-RISK AND HOMELESS ISRAELI JEWISH AND ARAB YOUTH
ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel hosted its 6th Annual Israeli Art Auction to benefit ELEM’s programs throughout Israel for at-risk and homeless youth. Curated by artist Miriam Cabessa and curator Naomi Lev, the event’s theme, "16×16," was inspired by ELEM’s youth who were asked to photograph images that portray optimism.
Over 300 of people gathered in the Tribeca showroom of fashion designer, Nili Lotan. International star David Broza performed a few of hits.
The two exceptional works donated by two Israeli youths in ELEM’s program were purchased by Moi.
The stunning excellence of these two works belied the youth of these budding artists.
Donated Works of Art included photographs and paintings by Yigal Ozeri, Ofer Lellouche, Menashe Kadisman, Lili Almog, Meir Gal, Ilana Goor and Boaz Vaadia, Orit Raff, Ygal Tumarkin, and more. Special guest performance by international star David Broza.
About ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel
ELEM was founded in 1982 by a group of American and Israeli professionals and lay volunteers to help Israel’s population of at-risk youth become productive citizens. Today ELEM is Israel’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab Israeli youth. The youth ELEM serves face tremendous hurdles; many live below the poverty line or struggle to assimilate as new immigrants. With a network of 250 professionals and over 1,500 volunteers, ELEM is able to reach tens of thousands of youth each year. ELEM provides a unique brand of non-judgmental, innovative services including group and individual therapy, mentoring, occupational and educational placement, and vocational training. ELEM operates a wide network of counseling and support centers, as well as a fleet of outreach vans that take to the streets to reach the hidden "children of the night."
Janet Lehr: THEATERARTS Art correspondent