Art for Advocacy, a favorite on the Dallas charity circuit, returned for its eighth iteration Saturday night at Fashion Industry Gallery. Themed “Departure,” the sold-out fundraiser attracted young professionals, longtime philanthropists, artists and collectors, all of whom are passionate about supporting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.
Event chairs Stephanie and John Roberts and honorary chairs Kara and Randall Goss welcomed VIPs and select sponsors for a buy-it-now preview of the art up for auction before 800 other guests descended on the downtown venue. More than 100 local and regional artists contributed works to the live and silent auctions for this event that celebrates the transformative power of art therapy in helping children process trauma and heal emotional scars as a result of abuse.
This art-bidding bash, all set to music, started with the smooth sounds of the James Gabriano Trio. Although every piece was memorable, two showstoppers included Ricardo Paniagua’s Spinning Memory Glitch of a Brazilian Soccer Player and Alexander Mijares’ White Lines II.
The art was the star of this show, but people had to eat and drink. So guests — including Kari and Troy Kloewer, Lori and Jerry Jones Jr., Lisa Runyon, Helena Wall, Allison and John Spears, and Dawn and Bill Hennessy — enjoyed some pretty spectacular Texas tapas and cocktails so beautiful they could pass as art themselves. The night ended on a high note when guests were treated to a surprise performance by Polyphonic Spree followed up with party beats by S.O.U.L.Jah.
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center aims to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. The center uses art as a way of giving the children they help a voice.