The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host the annual Spring Gala on April 30


originally published: 09/03/2022

(SUMMIT, NJ) — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) will return to Canoe Brook Country Club to hold its annual spring gala, Art & Soul, on Saturday, April 30. The event, taking place in Summit, NJ, is the Art Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, featuring live music from Gatsby Now, cocktails and a sit-down dinner. The main attraction of the evening is the Art Centre’s signature silent live contemporary art auctions, highlighted by the return of renowned auctioneer CK Swett. This year will mark the return to an in-person celebration for the first time since 2019.

“We are extremely excited to bring the Art Center community together in person for this year’s gala,” said gala co-chair Alison O’Neill. “Gala proceeds are essential to enable the Art Center’s important work of transforming lives by bringing art and people together.”

Alison is co-hosting this year’s Art & Soul Gala alongside longtime VACNJ supporters David O’Neill, Isabel Ribeiro and Diego Rotsztain. Other committee members include Heather Braun, Kate Buchanan, Susan Cagnassola, Terri Friedman, Tharanga Goonetilleke, Anne Grissinger, Suzanne Henry, Renee Stene and Rachel Wilf.

Find out more, including how to buy tickets or a referral tour Ticket sales end April 22. Silent Auction items will be available for public bidding from April 22 at

Auction items will be on display in the Art Center’s second-floor community galleries from April 22 through April 30. Auctions end on April 30 around 9:00 p.m. Live auction items are only available to bid in person at the April 30 gala.

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The Art & Soul gala is generously sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors: Lisa Butler & Bob Kelly; Susan and Mike Cagnassola; Anne & RJ Grissinger; Rachel and Jonathan Wilf.

Gold Sponsors: Katherine & John Buchanan, Risk Strategies Company; Laura and David Hardin, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook and Cooper, PC; Alison & David O’Neill; Isabel Ribeiro and Diego Rotsztain.

Silver Sponsors: Marie & Roy Alan Cohen; Siobhan Creem; Betse and Frank Gump; Elena & Roger; Kayla & Richard; Deborah and Fred Schwarzmann.

Bronze Sponsors: Sally & Tom Abbott; Heather Brown; Terri & Mark Friedman; Tharanga Goonetilleke & Aditya Bindal; Amy & Clint Harris; Susan and Dean Henry; Peapack Private Wealth Management; Jane and Kevin Quinn; Amy and Mitchell Radin; Ana Robic and Rob Feuerstake; TD Bank; Suzanne Yarad.

Community Sponsors: Cambridge wines; CWI design; Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child; Otterstedt Agency.

For more than 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been dedicated exclusively to observing, creating, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading nonprofit arts organization, the Art Center’s acclaimed Studio School, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs each year. specials.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ. Gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm vacation hours. Visit for more information.

Significant support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the Wilf Family Foundation; Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the estate of Pamela Hauptfleisch; and the Art Center community of supporters.


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