The non-profit organization ParaCENTRUM Fenix is currently preparing the second annual charity auction of paintings painted by young artists. The auction aims to connect two worlds – young artists and the handicapped. Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide physical therapy to people who suffered spinal cord injuries in the past. The jury of experts (Katherine Kastner, Lucia Lettenmayerová, Denisa Kujelová, František Kinský, and Michal Horáček) selected the 70 most interesting paintings out of the 260 paintings received (from 17 primary, secondary, and art schools in Brno and other Czech regions). Due to the current epidemic situation, the auction will take place on-line from 20 May to 6 June under the auspices of the Zezula Auction House and Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97.
The first year of the auction organized by ParaCENTRUM Fenix was a success and the organization does not intend to give up on their aim to promote young artists this year either. The auction will take place this year as well – this time online. “This year is totally unprecedented. Schools were closed most of the time and that is why we appreciate even more that, despite all the obstacles, students and pupils managed to paint their paintings and donated them to ParaCENTRUM Fenix, for which we thank them very much. We believe that their artworks for a good cause will be rewarded by a well-attended online auction and its ultimate positive outcome. Proceeds will once again be used to provide services, especially physical therapy, to clients who had suffered spinal cord injuries. Physical therapy is being provided despite the epidemic situation; therefore, the financial support is particularly needed,” said the director of ParaCENTRUM Fenix Michal Odstrčil.
ParaCENTRUM Fenix received more than 260 paintings from 17 secondary, primary, and art schools based in Brno as well as other regions. The evaluation was undertaken by a five-member jury consisting of influential Czech show business figures and leading gallerists: nobleman František Kinský, Czech songwriter and music producer Michal Horáček, Czech-American gallerist Katherine Kastner – Hunt Kastner Gallery, Fait Gallery’s art director Denisa Kujelová, and founder of the private gallery COLLETT Prague | Munich, a.s. Lucia Lettenmayerová. A public contest for the most beautiful “Painting for Fenix” is also included in the project. Winners will be rewarded and published on the website www.drazbaprofenix.cz. The charity event Auction for Fenix will take place from 20 May to 6 June 2021 on the website www.papilio.cz under the auspices of the Auction House Zezula and Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97.