ORT Art Auction and Gala Celebrates Connections
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ORT Art Auction and Gala Celebrates Connections

The March 13 event to benefit the organization's educational programs will be held in the spacious Stave Room in Midtown.

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  • Event co-chairs Sheri Panovka (left) and Leslie Moradi (right) believe strongly in ORT’s mission.
    Event co-chairs Sheri Panovka (left) and Leslie Moradi (right) believe strongly in ORT’s mission.
  • Bari Engel brings human forms to life in “Reach.”
    Bari Engel brings human forms to life in “Reach.”
  • Jennifer Lewis spends hours quilling paper into tight coils and then separating them into warm and cool tones.
    Jennifer Lewis spends hours quilling paper into tight coils and then separating them into warm and cool tones.
  • John Baune’s unusual work is an animation style digital illustration inspired by generational connections.
    John Baune’s unusual work is an animation style digital illustration inspired by generational connections.
  • Susan Proctor’s mixed media collage depicts a woman who is a free spirit yet very connected to the world by words and numbers.
    Susan Proctor’s mixed media collage depicts a woman who is a free spirit yet very connected to the world by words and numbers.
  • Terry Segal’s “Tevet Woman” honors Rosh Chodesh and the sanctification of the new moon for the tenth month of the Hebrew calendar.
    Terry Segal’s “Tevet Woman” honors Rosh Chodesh and the sanctification of the new moon for the tenth month of the Hebrew calendar.
  • Carla Contreras poses in front of her piece, named after a species of lichen she saw for the first time during a hike in North Carolina.
    Carla Contreras poses in front of her piece, named after a species of lichen she saw for the first time during a hike in North Carolina.

O/Art in the City’s Gala Event and Art Auction is “re-premiering” on March 13. The event, organized around the theme “connections,” will be held in the spacious Stave Room in Midtown.

This year is ORT America’s 100th anniversary. The organization is the largest fundraising arm of World ORT, which supports education and vocational training initiatives. The organization believes that when students from underserved communities have access to high-quality education, they are better positioned to enter the job market with viable skills, become leaders in their own right and invest back into their communities.

Bari Engel brings human forms to life in “Reach.”

The fundraising event aims to reach those who are passionate about art, community members, ORT supporters and others who want to celebrate art, delicious food and drinks. A silent auction will give attendees the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind works of art designed by both emerging and nationally recognized artists from across the Southeast. Photographers, painters, fabric artists and ceramists will be selected and sponsored by local art collectors.

Susan Proctor’s mixed media collage depicts a woman who is a free spirit yet very connected to the world by words and numbers.

“It is so exciting to bring the community together in person to benefit the students and teachers of ORT around the world,” said Rachel Miller, director of ORT America’s Atlanta region.

The event will feature an interactive art experience with local artist Adam Podber, as well as 40 other Atlanta creators, including Andi Ashe, Isaac Ben Aharon, Barbara Flexner, Kim Jade Jackson, Shelly Katz, Ann Rawn, Sophia Sabsowitz, Susan Proctor, Bari Engel, Maya Gelfman, Aaliyah McNeal and Anita Stein.

Carla Contreras poses in front of her piece, named after a species of lichen she saw for the first time during a hike in North Carolina.

In addition to collectible art, there will be special items up for auction, including a specialty tasting of small-batch bourbon, scotch or tequila, with a gift card for food, plus chef-catered intimate dinners. Catering will be provided by District Events and Catering, a gourmet kosher-style array including a selection of unusual passed hors d’oeuvres such as seared tuna tartar in wonton cups and goat cheese fritters with Southern tomato jam. An open bar will be sponsored by Tip Top cocktails.

Event co-chairs Sheri Panovka (left) and Leslie Moradi (right) believe strongly in ORT’s mission.

“ORT is such an amazing educational organization, and our family has been involved in it for so many years,” said event co-chair Sheri Panovka. “I’m excited to be co-chairing this exciting event for ORT Atlanta to benefit all of ORT’s world-wide programs.”

Her co-chair, Leslie Moradi, said, “I’m so excited to be co-chairing this event for an amazing organization like ORT and to be able to give artists an outlet to showcase their talents and be recognized by our community.”

John Baune’s unusual work is an animation style digital illustration inspired by generational connections.

Event sponsorships are available from $1,200 to $10,000. Host tickets are $180 per person and regular tickets are $120 per person. Visit ortamerica.org/atlanta for more information.

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