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Foolsgold Sanctuary NYC

Exhibition and Silent Auction to be Held December, 13th 2011, 6-9pm

BROOKLYN, NY – December 2011 – FOOLSGOLD ARTS, an organization that helps raise much needed funds for the natural environment and its inhabitants through silent art auctions, has teamed up with Sasha Noe Presents in SoHo, NY to host their fifth fundraising exhibition titled FOOLSGOLD SANCTUARY NYC. After a very successful show at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY, which raised almost five thousand dollars for the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Foolsgold arts has decided to hold an auxiliary show in NYC. Over 50 artists were invited to make work based on John Berger’s Why Look at Animals about the complex relationships between man and animal. On December 13, 2011, a cocktail reception and silent auction will be held and the proceeds from the sale of each piece will go directly to CAS.

“We are very excited to help support such an amazing animal rescue organization once again and help extend awareness about it to our city friends,” said Shanan Campanaro and Maria Kozak, founders of FOOLSGOLD. “The generosity of the artists and support of the patrons, is a testament to how artistic talent can be used to help the environment and its inhabitants.” Located on 80-acres in the Hudson Valley, CAS is home to horses and twelve species of farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS also educates the public through innovative programs about the sentience and suffering of farm animals and how institutionalized cruelty impacts all of us. “We are so grateful to FOOLSGOLD, Sasha Noe Presents, and all the artists who use their creativity, vision, and passion to benefit needy animals,” said CAS Director Kathy Stevens.

Artists in the exhibition include Academy Award winning filmmaker and photographer Zana Briski, who shot CAS residents; Peter Max, known for all of his Beatles artwork, will sign and dedicate a print; Richard Saja, a contemporary embroiderer who recently did a collaboration with Opening Ceremony, has created a special sculpture for the exhibition; John Gordon Gauld, responsible for the window displays at Bergdorf Goodman, is doing a new watercolor; as well as many other noteworthy artists including Steven Assael, Panni Malekzadeh, Eric White, and Vanity Fair photographer Patrick Fraser.

The benefit is graciously sponsored by Fanelli Café, Eskayel, One Mile gallery, and Heineken.

Founded by Brooklyn-based artists Shanan Campanaro and Maria Kozak, FOOLSGOLD curates and produces exhibitions that celebrate the natural environment and its inhabitants. The artwork is sold through silent auction and raises funds to support various charitable organizations committed to protecting the natural environment and wildlife. Previous exhibits have taken place in New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland and have benefited Farm Sanctuary and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust respectively.
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All Foolsgold exhibitions are sponsored by NY based design studio Eskayel which was established by FOOLSGOLD co-founder Shanan Campanaro. Utilizing imagery from many of the paintings included in FOOLSGOLD shows, Campanaro creates fantastically patterned bespoke wall coverings, textiles, pillows, and ceramics. Her collections have been featured in New York Magazine, the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Daily Candy to name a few.

Maria Kozak is a painter and performance artist who recently completed her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She is known for her frenetic large-scale oil paintings of birds and beauty queens. Her work is in numerous collections nationally and abroad. The Maypole, her last performance, was written up in The Art Newspaper and Paper Magazine.

About Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a haven for horses and farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS educates the public about the impacts of factory farming and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet we share. Founder/Director Kathy Stevens is the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary and Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope From Rescued Farm Animals, and blogs for The Huffington Post. To learn more, go to or contact Michelle Alvarez, Director of Outreach & Communications at 917-414-9428, and

About Sasha Noe Presents
Sasha Noe Presents is a new contemporary art venture from sculptor and restauranteur Sasha Noe. The gallery is located in the heart of SoHo, in a loft above the historic cultural institution Fanelli Café. Sasha Noe Presents is committed to providing a platform for innovative curatorial projects and showcasing emerging talent whilst trying to revive a once thriving artistic community in Soho. The gallery is located at 94 Prince Street, New York, NY on the corner of Prince and Mercer.

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