Toronto’s Casey House with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group hosted Art With Heart, its 22nd annual contemporary art auction and reception on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at The Carlu. The gala raised over $575,000, bringing the total funds raised since the inception of the auction to over $6.7 million for the organization’s yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives.
Funds raised at this annual auction featuring some of the country’s most celebrated as well as emerging artists will benefit a number of Casey House’s initiatives including sending skilled teams of registered nurses and workers into clients’ homes, providing rehabilitative care and recreation therapy at the hospice, and bringing specialized HIV nursing care via partner clinics to marginalized people who lack access to treatment. Donor generosity enables additional services at Casey House to address the complex health needs and isolation that many clients experience.
“Art With Heart is Casey House’s biggest single fundraiser each year. We are incredibly excited to have it back once again with even more remarkable art for art collectors and art lovers alike.” says Steven Endicott, Chief Development Officer, Casey House. “With the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto alone increasing, Casey House is enormously grateful for the funds that have been raised each year to allow it to continue providing inspired HIV/AIDS care for those who need it most.”
This year’s Art With Heart featured Gallery of Patrons Limited Edition work by notable Canadian artist Mark Clintberg. Sponsored by Urbacon, Mark’s piece Our Arrangement depicts two figures that resemble anchors. Their proximity and quantity are used to represent a series of arrangements or agreements between two or more parties. In this case, the piece will signify two agreements: one between the artist and the purchaser and the other between the artist and Casey House. Priced at $1,275 each, Our Arrangement was available to the public for purchase in 25 colour variants, all of which were sold by the end of the event.
Art With Heart has consistently promoted excellence in Canadian contemporary art. A curatorial committee of prominent artists, curators and art collectors select works by emerging and established Canadian artists with the generous support of galleries across the country. Over 80 artists were featured in this year’s auction, including Douglas Coupland and Kim Dorland, whose work was sold for $23,000.
About Casey House
Founded in 1988, Casey House (9 Huntley Street, Toronto) was the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada, creating a specialty HIV/AIDS hospice with community programs including home nursing care and outreach. Free of stigma and fear, Casey House is committed to providing compassionate health care for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with its communities.
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Steven Endicott, Chief Development Officer, Casey House