Surrounded by art and love—what better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day? On March 17 at the Cafeina Wynwood Lounge in Miami, Arte/Amor will present the work of local artists for a silent auction and raffle to benefit individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Organizer of the event Gabriela McAdams, who is in the process of finding more artists and sponsors to participate, explains what motivates her: “Throughout my life, I have had a willingness to use my artistic talent to help others. From a very young age, my parents involved me in their efforts to help our community which I think has influenced my outlook on life immensely. Through my recent efforts of putting together this event to help raise money for HIV/AIDS, and getting artists together to collaboratively donate their talents for this very important cause, I feel that I have found my life calling.”
Her work as a makeup artist for M•A•C Cosmetics, whose philanthropic arm, the M•A•C AIDS Fund, has raised over $60 million for the cause, also inspires her. “As an employee of the company, I am constantly reminded of how a small donation can make such a large impact on the lives of others. Furthermore, HIV/AIDS affects all ages, races, and sexes, which makes it a cause for which all people should stand up and support. Through education, awareness, and support, this is a cause that we can work toward eliminating, and I think that’s a very good reason in itself to get involved. Companies like Apple are using their resources to help countries abroad, but for now, my support is limited to my own community.” McAdams, who is an artist as well and donating work to the event, hopes the event grows in the coming years.
Artists donating to the event include Nicole Miller, Aimee Pena, Alex Heria. Alfred Perez. Anica Shpilberg, Anna Elena Brana , Barbara M. De Varona, Cecilia Lueza, Christian Mitchell, David Lebatard, Diana Contreras, Donna Lee Steffens, Kat Danilova, Gabriela McAdams, Gaston Eliasgali, Gina Martynova, Humberto Vento, Ian Glending, Jennefer Ramos, Jennifer Whitmire, Jonathan Stein, Jorge Heilpern, Jorge Rodriguez, Julio Rodriguez-Novo, Julia Veli, Kazilla, Michael Farley,
Nathan Ranelli, Patrick Calhoun, Ricardo Serpa, Sean Murdock and Sergio Cervantes. Plus—world-renowned artists Chenman, Mark T. Smith, Marshall Arisman, and Kourtney Brown will be showcasing their works in a private gallery showing to help benefit ARTE/AMOR for HIV/AIDS. To help celebrate their participation, sushi will be provided by the extremely talented Chef Tang.
Sponsors include Asprey, Ayama Yoga, Broward Design Center, Circa 39 Hotel, Duffys Sports Grill, Exhale Spa Miami, Golden Paints, Independent Print and Design, Mia Jewels, Nicole Miller, PyroFusion , Shula’s Salon and Spa, Sullo Salon and Spa, Teasy, Terribly Girly, The Four Seasons, The Setai South Beach, Zadok Gallery, Easel Art Supply, Ecclectic Network, Whatsupmiami.com, among others. Pyro Fusion dancers will donate their talents by performing at the event. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Florida AIDS Walk and thus matched dollar-for-dollar by the M•A•C AIDS Fund. The event runs from 9–12 p.m.; location: Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 NW 23rd Street, Miami, Florida; tickets; $20 (pre-event).
For more information, e-mail Gabriela McAdams at email@example.com.