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AFA and Sloan Fine Art Present AWAKENED, Beginning Today, 9/20

AFA (Heidi Leigh & Nick Leone) and Sloan Fine Art (Alix Sloan) are pleased to present "Awakened," an exhibition and fundraising event inspired by, and benefitting, the pet companions that brighten all of our lives. For this special ten-day exhibition, curator Alix Sloan has challenged over fifty artists to create works inspired by the powerful impact of animals in our lives and homes. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will be donated to in support of their mission to help find loving homes for homeless pets.

Participating artists, including several from Sloan Fine Art and AFA's rosters, include: Jessicka Addams, Nicole Alvarez, Nana An, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Carrie Anne Baade, Rebekah Bogard, Mia Brownell, Bill Carman, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Jason D'Aquino, Michelle Doll, Peter Drake, Nicole Etienne, Tom Everhart, Eric Finzi, Marc Finzi, Camille Rose Garcia, Kady Grant, Leontine Greenberg, Linda Griggs, Gris Grimly, Evan B. Harris, Anthony Iacono, Kate Javens, Lisa Lebofsky, Travis Louie, Julia Marchand, Elizabeth McGrath, Daniel Merriam, Scott Musgrove, Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters, Marion Peck, Joshua Petker, Ransom & Mitchell, Kirk Reinert, Paul Richard, Jean-Pierre Roy, Jonny Ruzzo, Ryan Scully, Heather Sherman, Nathan Skiles, Sally Sloan, Aaron Smith, Nathan Spoor, Jonathan Viner, Melanie Vote, Lindsey Way, Casey Weldon, Eric White and Brad Woodfin. 

Alix Sloan is a curator, gallerist and writer with over twenty years experience in the arts, beginning as director of La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in the early 90's and most recently as Founder/Director of Sloan Fine Art Gallery in New York City. This exhibition holds a special place in Sloan's heart as it also serves as a celebration of the completion of the novel "Pet Sitter: A Jenna Stack Mystery," a labor of love co-authored with writer Amy Eyrie.   

Sloan is eternally grateful to AFA owners Heidi Leigh and Nick Leone for lending their beautiful 4,000 square foot space and thirty years experience mounting large-scale exhibitions and hosting benefits for organizations such as the American Breast Cancer Foundation and The Jim Henson Foundation.

The cocktail reception for "Awakened" is Saturday, September 22nd from 5 to 8pm. Because a large turnout is expected, RSVP is requested to AFA is located at 54 Greene Street (corner of Broome Street), in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sundays 11am - 6pm. To request more information about the exhibition contact Heidi Leigh at or Alix Sloan at For more information about, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website that helps shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free, contact Dana Puglisi or go to

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