Monday January 28, 2013

PFTE SUCCESS!by -Visual AIDS Staff

Visual AIDS celebrated its 25th Anniversary @ the 15th Annual Postcards From the Edge.

Thank You to everyone who came, donated and supported Visual AIDS's 15th annual Postcards From the Edge benefit, held Jan 25-27, 2013.  We are immensely grateful to our host gallery Sikkema Jenkins & Co., all the contributing artists and the extraordinary volunteers - this event could not happen without all your support and participation.Your generosity allows us to continue supporting artists living with HIV, those making work about the ongoing epidemic, and provoking dialogue about HIV/AIDS.

A cold and snowy Friday night was no match for the enthusiastic crowds that packed the Postcards from the Edge Preview Party.  Artists and collectors alike were checking out the art, looking for their work, guessing whose work was whose, making notes and having a good time.  No sales happened that night, but the grand prize raffle winner selected postcard #39 (which turned out to be Lawrence Weiner)!

Over three days, more than 1500 people visited the show and sale.  There were 1417 postcard-sized works on display by artists from around the world.  This year some of the beautifully diverse work included 24carot gold, shards of broken green glass, a miniature mouse head. There were also hundreds of fabulous drawings, paintings and photographs. 

On Saturday morning, before the doors opened, there was a line down the block of bundled up collectors waiting for the doors to open - and when the doors did open, there was a mad dash to each person's favorite postcards!  Whether people bought one postcard or fifty, everyone seemed excited about there new finds!

Missed the event?  Want to buy more postcard artwork?  Check back on this website soon about how you can purchase more work.  You can also email us at info@visualaids.org with postcard numbers that you are interested in, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

ATTENTION ARTISTS:  Once we have processed the 1400 submissions, we will contact participating artists by post or e-mail in 4-6 weeks regarding the collector of your work. For unsold works, if you indicated on your submission form that you would like your unsold work returned, we will also do so in 4-6 weeks. Thank you for your support and patience.

We acknowledge the in-kind sponsorship by ArtForum, ArtNews, A&U Magazine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, The Imperial Court of New York, Pearl Paint, Steven Rosen Photography, Adi Talwar, HUGO BOSS, Diageo, and x-ing design.   We would also thank the artists who donated to our silent auction: Kim Beck, Brice Brown, Susanna Coffey, Erin S. Daily, Allen Frame, Joy Garnett, Don Joint, Jayson Keeling, Melissa Meyer, Rachel Owens, Hermes Payrhuber, Chuck Webster, Rob Wynne.