Westy Self Storage, which operates 15 properties in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, is co-sponsoring a community art exhibition in Englewood, N.J., by The Community Chest (The Chest), a nonprofit organization that provides support to Bergen County, N.J., residents. “Stills From Life” is open through Feb. 28 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center's Sandy Bennett Art Gallery. It features the work of artists Caslon Bevington, Lindsea Bevington, Jay Gittens, Charlie Hudson, Julia Powers and Calypso Vaga. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit The Chest.
More than 75 people attended the Feb. 8 opening reception, which included refreshments and allowed attendees to meet the artists. “We were delighted to welcome so many people to the Stills From Life art exhibition’s opening reception, a first for The Community Chest,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, executive director for the nonprofit.” The public demonstrated much enthusiasm for the artists’ work. We invite visitors to support The Chest and purchase the artists’ impressive work.”
The exhibition also introduced “Art for the People,” a Chest initiative that brings art to the community in observance of the organization’s 85th anniversary. The program offers four one-hour classes taught by the exhibit’s artists to local middle and high school students. A second session will provide two one-hour classes to senior citizens.
Additional exhibit sponsors are Apostrophe NYC and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative.
Since its founding in 1933, The Chest has raised the equivalent of $62 million when adjusted for inflation, and served 89 nonprofit organizations. It supports area nonprofits focused on mental and physical health, hunger relief, the arts and environment, and volunteerism for 50,000 people annually.
Founded in 1990 by The Arredondo Family, Westy is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. It operates four self-storage facilities in Connecticut, four in New Jersey and seven in New York.
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