What: City Hearts’ 5th Annual Benefit Photo Auction and Fundraiser featuring Fine Art Photographers, and Emerging Artists from City Hearts’ Fresh Focus: A New Shot at Life photography program. 

Curated by Noureddine El Warari and John Simmons, ASC
Fresh Focus co-chairs: James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC and Seth Emmons, Leica Sonderoptic

Fresh Focus brings together 40+ Fine Art and Emerging Photographers who have a unique story to tell – in picture and words. This event will feature exquisite hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by Sam’s by the Beach. Wine will be provided by Girl Meets Grape.

When: Fresh Focus 2017 begins as an online bidding event culminating in an afternoon with Art and Artists, Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 1:00-4:00 PM.

Where: Leica Gallery in West Hollywood, CA.

Tickets: $75 - Click here to purchase. For sponsorship opportunites, contact our office.

Online bidding: Click here to view auction procedures and to place bids.
Online Auction Closes May 5th at 9pm - If you are unable to attend the event, and would like a City Hearts staff member to bid as your proxy, please call the City Hearts office by May 5th, no later than 2pm (PST) 310.455.2898.

Why: Over 40 years ago, Los Angeles County Public Defender, Sherry Jason, encountered a 13-year-old piano prodigy who was about to be transported to jail for murder. It so impacted Ms. Jason and her attorney husband, Bob that they began to seek ways to reach at-risk children to intervene and break the cycle of abuse, poverty and violence that devastates lives. The result: City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts – a unique program providing Visual and Performing Arts education, training and experiences, at no cost, to the underserved children in the most impoverished areas of Southern California.

Fresh Focus: A New Shot at Life, City Hearts’ Photography Program provides the highest quality Photography instruction at no cost to the schools or children where classes are held. 

We teach them to evaluate their lives and community with a critical eye so that they may, in turn, educate others about their world and tell their ‘story behind the shot’,” Co-Founder Sherry Jason explains.