CE Board Member Lisa Baird (left) addresses the crowd with CE artist Isaac Haney-Owens (right).

Art Changes Lives 2019 event recap

Posted on April 26, 2019

Art Changes Lives Breaks More Records

Every year, the Art Changes Lives gala surprises us, reminding us that our community is even larger, stronger, and more compassionate than we could’ve hope for. This year, we spent the evening celebrating CE artists and teachers with over 400 guests and 36 CE artists and staff. And, we raised $350,000 to continue growing our programs. What can we say... breaking records never gets old! 

To start off the night, guests posed on the Orange Carpet with props drawn by Gerald Wiggins, getting them into a creative and celebratory groove before joining in the festivities during the Color Mixer.

From immersing themselves in virtual reality with CE Artist Brian Hayes, to painting on tiny take-home canvases with Glenn Peckman and Patricia Rubio, our Color Mixer guests got to experience the process of collaborating with and learning from CE instructors and artists, just like CE artists do every day in our studio. They even got to learn some fun facts about CE instructors – yes, we’re all dying to see Andrew Gilson’s cast iron collection, too.

These activities were surrounded by the buzz of mobile bidding as guests bid on artwork by over 35 artists during the silent auction, including “collector” works by Joseph "JD" Green, José Nuñez and Evelyn Reyes.

Those who stayed for dinner got to dine with artists and friends while bidding on artwork and special experiences at the Live Auction including a psychedelic piece by Dan Michiels and VIP tickets to this summer’s Outside Lands Music Festival. After an energetic bidding war, John Patrick McKenzie’s World Map sold for more than $20,000 – breaking another Art Changes Lives record.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room after watching artists and teachers talk about their relationship in this year’s Art Changes Lives video. Then, everyone joined artists to dance into the weekend – a Friday tradition at the CE studio.

We at CE are so honored to have a community that believes in us, celebrates with us, and helps us carry out our mission year after year. Check out the photos below to see all of the celebration in action.

Check out all the photos from the event here.

Don't miss the new video that premiered at ACL 2019 celebrating the partnership between CE teachers and artists.


Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners for making ACL 19 our best yet.

Event Partners:

Katherine Michiels School

LEAP of California

The Waitte Foundation


Family members and friends in memory of CE artist Dan Michiels


Event Supporters:

Suzanne Hockel


Webcor Builders


In-Kind Supporters:

Fort Point Beer Co.
McCarthy Ranch

Family members and friends of CE artist Dan Michiels sport clothing featuring his original artwork.
CE artist Gerald Wiggins joins guests at Art Changes Lives where his Untitled (The Supremes) piece was a hit during the live auction.
Guests join CE artist Andrew Bixler (right) in creating miniature masterpieces during the Color Mixer.
Guests enjoy the curated Silent Auction during this year's Color Mixer
CE board member Jeannine Merritt-Elzey and her guest pose for a picture during the Color Mixer.
Auctioneer Lenny Broberg hypes up the crowd during the live auction.
CE's Executive Director, Linda Johnson, talks about our artists and the dedicated teachers who support them.
CE Volunteers Susan Birnbaum and Navya Sharad display Dan Michiels' artwork during the live auction.
CE Studio Director Paul Moshammer and CE Teaching Artist Elaine Nguyen talk about their commitment to CE artists.
CE artist Vincent Jackson (right) poses with a friend.

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