AVALON, NJ – August 28, 2013 – Ocean Galleries and the Southern Shore Chapter of American Red Cross have joined forces to raise funds for Disaster Relief efforts. A fundraiser reception will take place from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Avalon location of Ocean Galleries (22nd & Ocean Drive). In addition to a radio-thon hosted by Rick Rock of Avalon’s WIBBAGE 94.3 FM, the fundraiser will feature the auctioning of a Hurricane Sandy tribute painting by the 11-year-old child prodigy, Autumn de Forest.
“We are delighted to partner with Ocean Galleries on this event,” said Carol Cohen, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter. “The story of how this painting came to be truly touched our hearts. We are honored to be the vehicle that will fulfill Autumn’s wishes of helping our local community.” In 2012, Ocean Galleries hosted the young and extraordinarily talented Autumn de Forest (www.autumndeforest.com) for her first ever solo art exhibition. Autumn fell in love with the seaside area of Stone Harbor, Avalon, and the New Jersey shore. Just a few months after her visit, Hurricane Sandy hit, leaving behind a path of destruction. Learning of the devastation to the area, Autumn immediately wanted to do something to help. The innovative youngster went to work and painted a commemorative painting, “Sandy Flag,” with the intention that 100% of the artwork’s proceeds would benefit those who suffered from the storm’s wrath and would be used to help rebuild the community.
In conjunction with her exhibition at Ocean Galleries this summer, Autumn unveiled a giant, 8’ x 30’ replica of the commemorative artwork at Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood, NJ in the new artBOX, a first-of-its-kind boardwalk artist colony made from repurposed shipping containers. Autumn explained the message behind the “Sandy Flag” artwork as representing the states of New Jersey and New York coming together to overcome the storm. The encaustic painting on panel measures six feet wide by four feet high.