Artists Clash to Raise Funds for Art Education in NYC on Saturday, May 14th

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NYC-based 501(c)3 arts organization, Art For Progress ( will host its 5th annual "Clash of the Artists" to raise funds for its arts education program. Winners of AFP's international yearly competition will present the best in visual art, fashion, and music at Headquarters Gallery ( in Tribeca. Friday, May 13th will feature visual art, fine wine and gourmet bites. Saturday, May 14th will feature fashion, live music, visual art, wine and cheese.

Get ready for an exciting weekend of international art, fashion, music and fine wine. NYC 501(c)3 non-profit Art For Progress ( hosts its annual fundraiser May 13th -14th to support its art education program for public school kids. With two nights of fashion, art and live music, there's something for everyone. Both nights will feature the winning artists from the Art For Progress (AFP) "Clash of the Artists" international annual competitions.

The festivities, to be held at Headquarters Studio (, will get started Friday evening with a Preview Reception from 6-7PM where guests can preview the artwork and meet the artists. Anthony Allport of Fine Wine Agency curated a special list of wines for both evenings. To be featured at Friday's special preview reception, Loring Wine Company donated a case of their 2009 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir (600 cases). Guests will also enjoy gourmet bites while listening to a live acoustic performance from AFP artist Barry Komitor.

Interestingly, the work of all three visual artists is figurative in nature, but with very different results. From the modern realist work of 1st place winner Cameron Schmitz (Vergennes, VT), the emotionally charged work of Carmen Ghecca (Barcelona, Spain), to the imaginative abstract paintings of Pablo Damas (Fontana, CA), the show offers a wide range of perspective. Paula Collins (NYC), winner in the "Creative" category will be showcasing her accessory line as well. The exhibition will conclude on Sunday.

Tickets are $100 ($50 tax deductible) and can be purchased by visiting Preview ticket also includes comp admission for Saturday night. A public opening will follow.

Public Opening: 7PM-9:30PM with DJ Jago
RSVP to events(at)artforprogress(dot)org

Saturday evening, avant-garde fashion and cutting-edge music takes center stage. From the powerful vocals and guitar-driven pop of Canada's AndrewVictoria; undefined, genre-bending hip hop sounds of Argotec; deep techno bass beats from Multiple Mono; to the beautifully written alternative sounds from Lachi, expect a night of diverse music for everyone's taste. As the night comes to a close AFP will present an international runway presentation featuring Ricardo Ramos of Berlin, Mihaela Cirlugea of Romania, Lucia Racekova of New York, and special guest designers Sohung Designs and Amparo of NYC. Their collections encompass historical references, detailed handwork and bold graphics.

DJ sessions by Brett from Boundless. Open wine bar, fruit & cheese. 8pm-12 midnight. Tickets are limited, $25 in advance, $35 at the door (if available).

Purchase tickets at

All proceeds to benefit AFP's Art Education Program, which places artists in schools to provide arts education to NYC's most under-served public school children. Headquarters Studio is located at 385 Broadway, 2nd Floor, NYC.

Art For Progress, "Creative Culture Accelerating Social Change"


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