For the past two months, the Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center has hosted the 4th Annual Abstract Art Collective Fundraiser for SEE International, featuring work from Santa Barbara’s own Abstract Art Collective—a group of local abstract artists who express their unique creative genius through countless forms of media.
Although the artwork is stunning, the charitable cause is even more impressive. 100% of the proceeds of the GRID WALL, a display of 100 10” x 10” abstract artworks, will go to the nonprofit organization, SEE International.
Through humanitarian efforts, surgical equipment, and volunteer surgeons, SEE International has restored sight to more than 3.5 million disadvantaged blind individuals and performed more than 440,000 life changing surgeries.
President and CEO of SEE International, Randal Avolio, states, “I have a tremendous respect for the unique and highly leveraged organization that SEE is. It exists as one of the largest virtual group practices in the world, and allows us to have access to a vitally needed surgical skill set, with a group that has an inherent desire to do global humanitarian work. This is combined with the extraordinary generosity of corporations in the ophthalmic and other industries who give so freely of their donated supplies and services. It is this unique synergy that allows SEE to operate in an extremely effective and efficient manner.”
ArtSEE also features larger abstract art pieces by AAC members. 25% of these proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Community Center.
Before this event comes to a close on August 9, there is a closing reception on Tuesday, August 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center (524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara).
The reception is free and includes live music, appetizers, and beverages, as well as presentations by Avolio and local abstract artist and beloved Westmont gallery director, Tony Askew, who speaking about ArtQ, an online platform that allows artists to present their artwork free of charge. Come visit the 4th Annual Abstract Art Collective Fundraiser closing reception to support talented artists at home as well as important causes abroad. For more information visit jewishsantabarbara.org.
— Emily Calcara