Coalition Gears up for ARTWALK NY

By Rachel Edelman

Mark your calendars for the 17th annual ARTWALK NY benefit, which will take place on Tuesday, November 15th at Skylight Studio in NYC.

The annual event, co-chaired by Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, will feature works from more than 100 renowned contemporary artists, including Wade Guyton, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, and is sponsored by FENDI and ELLE. Other special guests include Honorary Chair Coco Rocha, auctioneer Aileen Agopian and DJ Donna D’Cruz.

This year’s ARTWALK will introduce the ‘Artist as Activist’ project, a unique collaboration between the Coalition and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The project will feature an exclusive limited edition print by Shepard Fairey, which will be available for a limited time at

Summer Kick-Off Event
More than 80 guests helped kickoff this year’s benefit at a summer cocktail event held on Saturday, September 3rd, hosted by long-time Coalition supporter Mike De Paola and the ARTWALK Art Advisory Board.

Guests learned more about the Coalition’s work and ARTWALK and enjoyed wine and cocktails courtesy of South Pacific Wines and Mercy. Art collectors also purchased raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a Danica Phelps print. The Coalition is grateful to Mike De Paola for generously hosting the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this year’s event, please visit, or call (212)776-2119. Beth Rudin DeWoody, Mike De Paola, Shelly Fremont.

Former Coalition Client Shows at ARTWALK
Wayne Young, a young and up-and-coming artist and former Coalition for the Homeless client, has begun to make a big splash in the art community.

Wayne is a self-taught mixed media artist with a primary focus on photography. His works are largely autobiographical and intend to promote dialogue about stigmas, prejudices and ignorance in society. Wayne first connected with the Coalition five years ago, an experience that he says was life-changing. “I’m indebted to the Coalition for valuing me as a human being and helping me find anew lease on life,” he said.

Wayne’s work, entitled “Don’t Litter,” was featured in last year’s ARTWALK NY event and has helped to introduce him to a number of prominent collectors and galleries.

Wayne will be holding his first solo exhibition on November 10, 2011 at Highline United at 530 West 25th Street. For more information about Wayne Young’s work and his upcoming exhibit, please visit

Published in Safety Net, Autumn 2011