Friday July 14th, 2017: 6-9PM

Saturday July 15th, 2017: Preview from 10-11AM, Auction from 11-5PM


The two-part event, “Embrace the Future: A Gala and Art Auction”, will include an evening celebration and silent auction Friday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m., followed by a live auction Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.  Both will take place at Mason Fine Art and Events in Midtown, 415 Plasters Ave NE., Atlanta, Ga. 30324 (  Tickets to the Gala are $25 per person and will include international food, music, dancing, a silent auction and cash bar.  Tickets may be purchased by emailing or by visiting . There is no charge to attend the live auction July 15.  More details may be found at

The art to be auctioned will be on display at Mason Fine Art and Events beginning July 1, 2017.  A portion of the collection will be available for silent auction bidding during the Friday night Gala, with the majority of pieces to be auctioned the following day.  Gala attendees may make early bids during the evening of July 14 for works included in the Saturday auction event.  A special bazaar will be set up at the Gala by Sunavworld and will feature Nepalese artwork and bags.

Heval Kelli, M.D., Cardiology Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine, will be the guest speaker at the Friday night event, and will recount his journey from Syrian refugee to Emory doctor.  Uhuru Dancers, a traditional African dance company, will entertain the guests.  Food for the gala will be provided by Kushina Catering (Ethiopian), Surana Cuisine (Syrian), Rapid Gourmet (Caribbean), Teranga Catering Without Borders (Senegalese) and Chef Lernio Romero Prieto Private Catering (Venezuelan).  Sponsors for the Gala and Art Auction include Pilgrims Pride Corporation, Stop & Save Group LLC and Asal Tax and Travel.

Mark Karelson, owner of Mason Fine Art and Events, and Cindy Bowden, executive director of the Clarkston Community Center, anticipate offering over 300 works for purchase.  AMCgive will handle the auction.  “We hope to assemble a wide-ranging collection from fine art to craft and folk art, with sale prices from many thousands of dollars to less than $100,” said Bowden, who has an extensive background in museum management and recently served as North American President of the World Craft Council, UNESCO.  “Proceeds from the gala and auction will support a variety of programs offered by the Clarkston Community Center.  In recent years, Clarkston has become a haven for families fleeing war, famine, poverty and disease.  Our small community is currently home to people from more than 57 countries, many of whom need our help as they work to rebuild their lives here in the U.S.”


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