Art should matter now more than ever before during this COVID-19 crisis but unfortunately, the art market has been exponentially affected like other businesses across the world: museums and galleries temporarily close to the public, and mostly all upcoming art fairs either postponed or canceled. So do the arts in Palm Beach, the third-most populous county in Florida, and one of the hardest-hit areas by the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
While some artists are trying to find creative ways to offer hope amid the crisis, social distancing has come at a great price for both artists and audiences. Here in Palm Beach County, artists and collectors have witnessed the closure of every studio, gallery, and institution literally at the peak of the season.
Widely exhibited fine artist Camilla Webster and Muse Award winner Rolando Chang Barrero are calling on their respective networks to come together and deliver financial solutions to the community.
Camilla Webster, Kate Waterhouse, Guy Clark, and Valeray Francisco will lead the organization of the first ‘Altruistic Art Auction’ via Hindman Auctions to create funds for the Art Synergy Aid Fund. Hindman is one of the nation’s leading fine art auction houses connecting cities nationwide to the global art market and providing expertise across all categories, sales channels, and price points. Headquartered in Chicago, Hindman is home to 150 employees, with additional offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, Naples, Palm Beach, Scottsdale, and St. Louis.
The Altruistic Art Auction at Hindman Auctions will be on May 29. The Art Synergy website will be auctioning luxury local and international experiences in Palm Beach prior to the Hindman Auction.
Art Synergy, a movement of artists, businesses, and civic leaders, is committed to unify and promote the diverse culture of Palm Beach County’s and South Florida’s vibrant arts community. Co-founder and curator of The Box Gallery, Rolando Chang Barrero will undertake a critical role in the community with the support of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, and Paul Fisher’s Juried Art Services gathering information and applications from artists in crisis for Art Synergy Aid relief grants.
This group of Palm Beach art leaders with a global reputation, are creating art experiences to sustain artists and the art world from crisis to recovery and the fund can help stabilize the arts sector in the county, building some financial security for artists in all disciplines.
There are ways the community can help in this project. Donations can be directly made to the ArtSynergy Aid fund to support Palm Beach artists via PayPal here. Additional information will be made available at www.artsynergy.org. Follow also @ArtSynergyPBC on Instagram for updates.