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Art Avenue Auction raises $50,000 for Second Heart Homes

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Shown: Local artist Vicki Chelf, gallery owner Paul Sykes and Second Heart Homes founder Megan Howell stand next to Second Heart Angel, Chelf’s resistance painting honoring Howell as part of her Woman of Resistance series.

Art was an avenue of expression and compassion recently in Sarasota. An auction at Art Avenue helped raise awareness of the link between mental health and homelessness and raised funds for housing and homeless service. Art Avenue’s Paul Sykes hosted a reception and auction last month that raised $50,000 for Second Heart Homes, a Sarasota-based nonprofit that provides permanent homes for 36 formerly homeless men and women. shelter. Second Heart Homes provides clients with housing, love and support services that promote mental health, sobriety, dignity and personal development. The Art Avenue event featured a painting by Sarasota artist Vicki Chelf, whose “Women of Resistance” series honors women, including those who contributed to the Resistance during World War II. The play, Second Heart Angel, pays tribute to Megan Howell, founder and director of Second Heart Homes, who resists the idea that homeless people are unable to change their lives. Chelf’s work product and other pieces — including art from Second Heart Homes client Nicholas Rentschler — will help the nonprofit reduce the impacts of homelessness.

Shown: Local artist Vicki Chelf, gallery owner Paul Sykes and Second Heart Homes founder Megan Howell stand next to Second Heart Angel, Chelf’s resistance painting honoring Howell as part of her Woman of Resistance series.

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