fresh stART Announces Honorary Co-chairpersons William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman

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7th Annual fresh stART art sale to benefit LA’s BEST

The 7th Annual fresh stART art show, an exciting one-night sale of paintings, works on paper, and photography to benefit therapeutic art programs for at-risk youth, will be hosted this year by Honorary Co-Chairpersons William H. Macy (“Shameless,” “Fargo”) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”).

More than 1,000 hand-picked young art collectors and celebrities will come together for the annual fresh stART event, which will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios. This year’s event will benefit LA’s BEST, an organization founded in 1988 by Mayor Tom Bradley to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles. fresh stART’s donation will support the LA’s BEST ASAP Program (After School Arts Program), which provides visual and performing arts education and experiences for children who would otherwise lack exposure to the arts.

Both Macy and Huffman have been long time supporters of fresh stART and have attended the annual event in the past. “We always have a great time at fresh stART, and we are both inspired by the admirable cause of helping youth through the arts,” said Huffman.

Macy added “fresh stART also gives people like us a chance to see some great works by young artists in a fun and low-key evening.”

Participating artists range from established names to emerging artists whose careers are on the rise.  This year’s featured artists include such highly regarded talents as Anthony Friedkin, Aaron Morse, Martin McMurray, and Augusta Wood as well as such up-and-coming artists as Richard Colman, Brendan Monroe, and Daniel Cummings.

For more information about fresh stART and a full list of the artists participating please go to: http://www.freshstartweb.org

About fresh stART
Founded in 2001, fresh stART, the annual fundraising event of the McCall Family Foundation, is a one-night art exhibition and sale with two distinct goals. Our primary goal is to fund programs that provide arts-related therapies to children designated "at-risk." Secondly, fresh stART strives to stimulate the arts in Los Angeles by providing potential collectors with a personal connection to both established and emerging artists. The McCall Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Sources of funding include the benefit exhibition and private and corporate donations. fresh stART operates wholly through the efforts of volunteers.

About LA’s BEST
LA’s BEST was created in 1988 by Mayor Tom Bradley to address an alarming rise in the lack of adequate supervision of children during the critical after school hours. LA’s BEST serves 28,000 children every day at 186 elementary school sites in Los Angeles in neighborhoods most vulnerable to gangs, drugs, crime and at schools with the lowest student test scores.

Please visit http://www.lasbest.org for more information about LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program.

CONTACT: Dave Wong
Wong & Associates Public Relations
(310) 880-9715
WongPublicRelations(at)gmail(dot)com

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