The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will hold its annual For Art’s Sake fundraiser on April 12 & 13. Co-chaired by Sue Welch and Helaine Winer, the two-day event begins on Friday, April 12, as guests board luxury coaches for an insider’s tour of the private homes of noted contemporary art and glass collectors. Following the tour, guests will return to the Art Center for a dessert reception and will be among the first to preview the silent auction artwork for Saturday’s Blank Canvas Benefit.

The Art Center’s signature event, the Blank Canvas Benefit, is the highlight for Saturday, April 13, with a one-of-a-kind silent auction featuring the work of over 100 artists created especially for this benefit. The ‘Buy it Now’ Insider’s Salon will feature exclusive art selected by Guest Curator, Ann Schaffer. Guests will also enjoy premier catering by David Ellis Events, fine wines and festive cocktails as they mingle with fellow art enthusiasts and bid on the artwork.

For Art’s Sake is the Art Center’s major fundraising event, with proceeds supporting the Art Center’s education programs, exhibitions and outreach initiatives. Recognized for excellence, the Art Center’s educational programs serve school districts and a range of service providers whose programming has been greatly diminished or eliminated due to budget cuts. Each year over 3,500 K-12 students and an additional 1,000 children and adults with special needs benefit from the programs. Since its inception in 2005, For Art’s Sake has netted over $900,000 to support arts education programs.

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The Art Center greatly acknowledges the generous support of corporate sponsors Brandes Maselli Architects; GAM; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.; US Trust; Seavest Healthcare Properties, LLC; and Summit Medical Group.

For Art’s Sake 2013

April 12 & 13

Event Co-Chairs: Sue Welch and Helaine Winer

Guest Curator, Blank Canvas Benefit: Ann Schaffer

Road trip: Be an Art Insider

Friday, April 12, 2013

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Ticket price: $150

Blank Canvas Benefit: For Art Lovers

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7:30 pm – 11 pm, 6:30 pm VIP Tour

Ticket price: $150, $250 VIP Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center’s reception desk. For more information contact Fabiana Bloom, Membership and Special Events Manager at (908) 273-9121 x 227 or

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Founded in 1933, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is the state’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Comprising a renowned studio school and a thriving exhibition, education and programming schedule, the Art Center serves over 60,000 individuals from the tri-state region each year.