Last week, we gathered under the hypnotic lights of the New York skyline at the Top of the Standard to commemorate the closing of our second annual benefit auction, powered by Artsy.
Dressed in a cream Telfar pantsuit styled by Avena Gallagher, singer Xhosa opened the evening with a solemn piano solo of John Lennon’s Imagine, followed by an energetic performance by musician Joe Heffernan. A cool line-up of DJs kept the party going including Whitney Claflin, Eartheater, DeSe, and New York legend Venus X, there to support Topical Cream’s mission.
Even the drinks were created to bring attention to Topical Cream’s pursuits, representative of how only 30% of artists with gallery representation identify as women or gnc. Signature cocktails crafted by Angela Dimaguya and Ashley Santoro featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka were appropriately titled “the 30%” by TC founder Lyndsy Welgos. Besides Tito’s, Topical Cream partnered with Moodbeli who offered their adaptogen blend, Semiotext(E) who donated several titles, and elvis + elvin, who sent their iconic Lilac Stem Cell Treatment Masks. These gifts aimed to keep revelers healthy long past the auction’s closing bell.
Featured in attendance were Lyndsy Welgos, Leilah Weinraub, Felix Burrichter, Katy Brandes, Whitney Mallett, Marcella Zimmermann, Janiva Ellis, Lena Henke, Willa Nasatir, Cajsa von Zeipel, and many more artists from the auction as well our advisory board members and long-time friends of Topical Cream. All party-goers danced the night away some winning the works they’d hoped for through Venus X’s DJ set, topping off the party with a palpable electric energy.
Featured in attendance were artists from the auction as well our advisory board and long-time friends of Topical Cream. A steady incline emerged starting with the DJs climbing up to the performances, setting a tone of excitement and eccentricity enhanced through the rooftop club’s otherworldly aesthetic. All party-goers dancing together formed a timeless sense of fun that only continued on through Venus X’s DJ set, topping off the electric energy that was palpable in the air that night.
Wide Rainbow is non-profit contemporary art after school program. They connect artists with the community of underserved neighborhoods throughout New York, focusing on hands-on workshops led by the artists, as well as artist and curator-led exhibition walkthroughs of galleries and museums.
Next Monday, May 14th, Wide Rainbow will be celebrating its third year and honoring the 85+ artists who have been part of the program. This fundraiser gala will be their first ever, along with a host of friends and family, at 99 Scott Ave. in Brooklyn.
Tickets for the event start at $250 a seat which includes a menu by Chef Dria Atencio along with a mixology menu by the one and only Arley Marks. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange is slated to give a private performance for gala attendees as well. The gala is hosted by Maia Ruth Lee, Lola Kramer, Elizabeth Jaeger, Diamond Stingily, Eliza Ryan, Morgan Connellee, Ashley Gail Harris, Bevin Butler.
Artist Dawn Kasper during a workshop with students from Girls Prep Middle School of LES?
Wide Rainbow Fundraiser Gala
Monday, May 14th
99 Scott Ave Brooklyn, Ny 11237
7pm Cocktails, 8pm Seated dinner