Just over R100,000 in revenue from art alone, and a profit of some R70,000 for Lawyers Against Abuse! What a wonderful success last Wednesday’s event was. Some 80 guests gathered to enjoy cocktails and canapés at The Eatery and not even a typical Jozi summer storm could dampen our spirits. We were here to celebrate the power of the human spirit and so we did. As Professor Bonita Meyersfeld pointed out in her speech, this evening was about creativity, and Lawyers Against Abuse was about a creative response to a massive social problem.
Bonita’s father is the acclaimed photographer Michael Meyersfeld, so it was appropriate that ‘Girl with Baby on Bike’ fetched the highest bid at R20,000. Greg Marinovich’s Trenches fetched R12,000. Of the two works that I put on auction, Bateleur fetched R9,000 and The Phoenix R4,000. Both went to Sheetal Vallabh on behalf of her father, so the works will stay in the Lawyers Against Abuse.
After the auction was over, the space was filled with the extraordinary power of Jessica Searle’s fvoice. The greatest revelation of the evening – for me – was discovering that she used to be a professional opera singer. Sadly, she is returning to the US to continue her studies, and we will miss her.
None of this would have been possible without Donna Wright, who coordinated the artists; Daria Higgins and her team from True North Events and the artists who donated their work. Standing on the balcony in the cool evening air with Daria and Donna after the event, reflecting on how well it had gone, it was easy to feel a real sense of satisfaction. We’re onto something good with this – a way to harness the power of creativity to help those victims of humanity’s darkest impulses. Next year, it will be bigger and better. We can’t wait.