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Fresh Focus Photography Auction

On May 7, works of photography donated by world-renowned fine art photographers, cinematographers, and collectors will be auctioned off to benefit City Hearts, a nonprofit established to bring the highest quality arts education to the most at-risk children in economically distressed neighborhoods in Southern California. The kids’ art will hang alongside the masters’ in the show, hosted by the Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Auction items include celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland’s portrait of Dennis Hopper in Taos, New Mexico.The City Hearts program, started in 1984, currently reaches 500 at-greatest-risk youth each week wherever they are, be it schools, homeless shelters, or transitional housing, and has become a model for youth diversion programs nationwide.


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Fresh Focus Photography Auction To Feature Fine Art From World-Renowned Artists  


Funds Raised Help Transform Lives Through Art in Southern California


City Hearts is an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education and experiences to children in the most economically stressed neighborhoods of southern California, thereby enhancing self-esteem, creativity, literacy, social and academic skills while strengthening the health and vitality of the children and their community.



City Hearts’ Fresh Focus Photography Auction and exhibition is one of the organization’s main events, where the fine art of internationally renowned professional photographers, as well as the artwork of the kids benefiting from the City Hearts arts education programs, are auctioned off to raise money for City Hearts programs and initiatives.



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leica Gallery Los Angeles


8783 Beverly Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA  90048


City Hearts inspires a love of the arts, an appreciation of creative discipline, and respect for the creative process, enabling children and youth to be confident, imaginative, tolerant, generous and cooperative, as well as caring and contributing participants in the global community. Programs are provided at Charter and Title 1 schools, youth and family centers, homeless shelters, or transitional homes, in 40-week sessions of twice weekly classes, or adapted to suit the schedules of these venues.

Established in 1984 by former-ballerina-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Sherry Jason and her husband attorney Bob Jason, City Hearts was founded on the belief that the arts can and do help rehabilitate troubled youth who are plagued by drugs and gangs. City Hearts now reaches 500 at-greatest-risk youth each week.

For more information about City Hearts, visit

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