An impressive line up of celebrities and contemporary artists have donated rare objects and art pieces to an upcoming live auction for animal welfare. The event — “Art to the Rescue” — will be hosted by the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery and the Marlborough Gallery, and will benefit the Animal Care Centers of New York and John Bartlett’s Tiny Tim Rescue Fund.
“I realized a long time ago the great harm that people do to animals in the name of fashion, food, and pure breeds.,” says Emmanuel Fremin. “I can’t stop people in the street from wearing fur, buying the new crocodile Birking bag, or shopping for a puppy instead of adopting. So I do what I know best: spreading the word through art. It’s important for me, because if I can make a few people change the way they see animal welfare then I’ve done what matters.”
The goal of the auction is to raise funds to care for thousands of cats, dogs and rabbits in NYC’s animal shelters. 100% of the proceeds will be going to help provide these animals with proper medical attention, care, and affection, so that they can be ready for a loving, forever home.
We want “to raise enough money so the Animal Care Centers of New York can deploy more time and people on taking care of the hundreds of cats and dogs brought to their shelters weekly,” Emmanuel says. “John Barlett, with his Tiny Tim Rescue foundation, will be able to offer medical attention, training, and fostering to countless dogs as well.”
Why animals? “If you were to see a child being abused in the street, you would most certainly act and do something on the child’s behalf,” says Emmanuel “so why not tell people that the product they buy and consume involves animal abuse as well, that the ‘beautiful’ coat that this lady is wearing, thinking it made her stylish, makes her actually an active participant in pain and suffering.”
“If you love your dog, can you justify wearing a jacket made from a coyote?” Emmanuel says, referring to the Canada Goose brand (the company was hit by a small scandal when it was discovered that it used coyote fur, though the corporation actually justifies this on its website, calling coyote “highly abundant”.) “Its just common sense to me” Emmanuel adds. “People need to wake up and be responsible of their action, and that is why this fundraiser is important to me.”
Moby, Mick Jagger, and Julian Lennon are just three of the celebrities who’ve donated to the event, while the artists include Antoine Rose, David Rodriguez Caballero, Drew Tal (whom we’ve written about here), Ahmet Gunestekin, Antoine Verglas, Nathan Vincent, and fashion designer Katya Leonovich.
Besides artworks, you’ll also have a chance to bid on, among others, a hand-signed gold record of Moby’s Innocents album (limited edition of two), a private tour of artist Tom Otterness’s Brooklyn studio (which will given by special project director of Marlborough Gallery, Marcia Levine), and a two-night stay at the uber-exclusive and uber-luxurious Hotel Croydon, Miami beach.
“Art to the Rescue” will be held at the Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, NYC, on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6-8pm. There will be cocktails, a live and silent auction, and animals for adoption. Tickets, to this exclusive event to help animals in NYC, are just $150 each, and are available here.