Artworks for Healing: 50 Established and Emerging LA Artists Create Original Works To End Abuse

Oct 16, 2013, 12:01 ET from A Window Between Worlds

VENICE, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), in collaboration with 50 established and emerging Los Angeles artists, presents Artworks for Healing, an elegant and heartfelt gala on October 26, 2013, from 7-10 pm, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

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Artworks for Healing is the signature fundraising event for A Window Between Worlds' art programs and socially engaged art projects, which give voice to survivors of domestic violence.  The evening will feature more than 50 exceptional original works created by Los Angeles-based artists including Yolanda Gonzales, Nina Jun, and Margaret Lazzari, exhibited anonymously for purchase.  For an opportunity to own these specially commissioned and curated works, and to support AWBW on this heartfelt evening, purchase tickets here:

Each artwork reflects the artist's response to AWBW's I CAN WE CAN initiative, which asks survivors and community members to consider what they CAN do to end domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more about this special evening and view the list of contributing artists, visit us at

Guests will enjoy wine and spirit tastings, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, gift bags and a unique collection of auction items from Mikimoto, FOX, Disneyland Resorts, Cirque du Soleil, Staples Center, and many other generous sponsors.

Sponsorship options for Artworks for Healing are still available.  

Yolanda Gonzalez was born into a family whose artistic heritage dates back to 1877. Her world is one of curiosity, demonstrating her love of people and their surroundings. Gonzalez studied at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design after winning a painting competition that awarded her a scholarship to the prestigious school. This led her to Self- Help Graphics, an involvement that lasted for years and resulted in her being sent to Spain and Scotland as a representative for exhibitions in those countries. Over the years, she has exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, throughout Europe, and in South Africa. In 1998, she was an artist in residence in Ginza, Japan followed by a similar stint in Assisi, Italy during 1999. Among the many museums that have shown her work are the Armand Hammer Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum and the Diego Rivera Museum in Mexico City. Throughout the years Gonzalez has taught at Inner City Arts, Para Los Ninos, Plaza de La Raza, Crenshaw Christian Center, and MOCA.

Nina Jun was born in Seoul and received an MFA in Sculpture from California State University of Long Beach in 2001. Her multiple bodies of work span from sculpture and site-specific installations, to ceramics and video arts.  In 2007, Nina was selected by Southern California Women's Caucus for Art as one of fifty women artists in their survey of arts by women artists for a 26-year retrospective covering the decades since the rise of the feminist art movement: she exhibited her ceramic/video installation at the Multiple Vantage Points show in Los Angeles.

For her ceramic installation works, she had been twice invited by NCECA (National Council for Education of Ceramic Arts), for its conventions in Portland, OR and Kansas City, MO.

This year, Nina Jun produced a multiple-level video installation and exhibited in collaboration with Barbara T. Smith at Sparc Gallery on a yearlong community engagement project called "I CAN: Requiem for I CAN'T" for A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence.

Margaret Lazzari is a Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty of the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist, as well as the co-author of Exploring Art: A Global Thematic Approach. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited throughout the United States and Italy and are included in numerous public collections. She has also had public art commissions from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of Pasadena, and the City of Santa Monica. 

A Window Between Worlds is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and children recover a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become "a window between worlds" for survivors taking steps to change their lives.

SOURCE A Window Between Worlds