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May 03, 2021

‘Artists Open Hearts for Lunch Break’ Auction Going on Now

Brighten your homes and offices while being part of the mixed-media art auction, “Artists Open Hearts for Lunch Break,” going on now through Sunday, May 9.

More than 30 artists are coming together to help Lunch Break feed hundreds of community members in need.

These artists include legendary rock music and celebrity photographer Mark Weiss; Luba Caruso, known for her seascapes, who is creating a special painting for the auction; award-winning documentary photographer Alison Wright, whose iconic images have been published in National Geographic; and Judi Tavill, known for her exquisite stoneware. They have generously donated paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics and sculpture for this one-of-a-kind auction.

“There’s something for everyone. Each piece is remarkable and a wonderful investment,” said local artist and event organizer Kevin Leahy. “We even have a lovely work of art by Penelope Klausz, a second-grade Ranney School student.”

Lunch Break board member and event organizer Maura Creekmore added, “Last year’s auction was so successful, and we expect this year to be even more thrilling. The photography and artwork selections are incredible. Our terrific committee, including Lunch Break Development Manager Jill Govel-Gwydir and board member Tina Pflaster, have worked hard to recruit exciting artists and create a varied and interesting auction lineup. This year even has a young, emerging artist category.”

To view the pieces and register to bid, go to To learn more, visit

“We are so grateful to the arts community for supporting Lunch Break and for their compassion for their neighbors in need,” said Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn O. Love. “Each piece was donated with love.”

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