Art Stars Shine on Georgia

This Thursday, Chanukah will celebrate the small-but-mighty band of Jews, led by Juda Maccabee, who scored victory over the most powerful army on earth during the second century B.C. Referred to as the "Festival of Lights," it marks the miracle of the Maccabees who only had enough oil to light candles for one night, while they held their stronghold of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, but instead, it lasted eight.

Yes, we enjoy the Adam Sandler song, presents, fried potato pancakes called latkes and the jelly doughnuts that are sufganyot. But it's also a time to let the light into our hearts and homes.

And we can all use a little light right now.

While winter is dark and cold, and the pandemic rages on, the eyes of the nation are turned to Georgia right now for a bitter Senate run-off race. If you watched the debate between Kelly Loeffler and Rev. Raphael Warnock on Sunday, you know that it feels less about the issues and more about tearing each other down.

Let's lighten up. If you want your voice heard, you have to get out and vote. And getting out the vote is exactly what a small but mighty band of internationally acclaimed artists is raising money to do as part of “Artists For a New Georgia,” an online art sale benefitting the New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGPAF).

You can bid NOW on works by Alex Katz, Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Mika Rottenberg, José Parlá, KAWS, Deb Kass, Shirin Neshat, Tony Fitzpatrick, Glenn Kaino, Renee Stout and Elizabeth Peyton along with Georgia-based artists including Cosmo Whyte, Jiha Moon, Rocio Rodriguez, Krista Clark, Holly Coulis, Sheila Pree Bright, Davion Alston and Zipporah Thompson.

Starting TODAY and continuing for a week, there will be more than 30 works of art and a series of public service announcements about the power of the vote that will air on the New Georgia Project’s Instagram channel as well as the artists’ social media platforms.

Happy Chanukah to our friends who are celebrating. And cheers to getting out the vote.

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