Local artists sponsor ‘Artists Open Hearts for Lunch Break’ fundraiser

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In a compassionate effort to promote goodwill among the arts community and help feed hundreds of community members in need, more than 30 artists are sponsoring the second annual online mixed media art auction, “Artists Open Hearts for Lunch Break,” from April 30 through May 9.

These artists, among them legendary rock music and celebrity photographer Mark Weiss; Luba Caruso, known for her seascapes, who is creating a special painting for the auction; award-winning documentary photographer Alison Wright, whose iconic images have been published in National Geographic; and Judi Tavill, known for her exquisite stoneware, have donated paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics and sculpture for this one-of-a-kind auction to benefit Lunch Break, the food security and social service organization in Red Bank, according to a press release.

“There is something for everyone. Each piece is remarkable and a wonderful investment,” sais local artist and event organizer Kevin Leahy. “We even have a lovely work of art by Penelope Klausz, who is a second grade Ranney School student.”

Lunch Break board member and event organizer Maura Creekmore said, “Last year’s auction was so successful and generated much excitement among bidders. We expect this year to be even more thrilling. The photography and artwork selections are incredible.”

“Our terrific committee, including Lunch Break Development Manager Jill Govel-Gwydir and board member Tina Pflaster, have worked hard to recruit exciting artists, so there is a varied and interesting auction lineup for bidding. This year, we also have a young, emerging artist category,” Creekmore said.

To view the pieces and register to bid, visit https://one.bidpal.net/artauction21 beginning April 20.

For further information, visit Lunch Break’s website at www.lunchbreak.org

“We are so grateful to the arts community for supporting Lunch Break and for their compassion for their neighbors in need,” said Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn O. Love. “Each piece was donated with love.”

Lunch Break provides food, clothing, social services, fellowship and life skills to individuals who are struggling with financial insecurity as a path to well-being and self-sufficiency, according to the press release.