Image: Melissa Staiger, V-Power, 2016

Image: Melissa Staiger, V-Power, 2016

Trestle Art Benefit 2016

The Trestle Art Benefit is our annual fundraiser featuring artworks by local and national artists, and silent auction items and refreshments donated by local businesses. The work of over 80 artists was on view from November 11th, and the benefit event took place on Friday, December 9th. Ticket holders will select their favorite artwork, with VIP ticket holders awarded first choice.

In 2016 we were pleased to honor curator and arts leader Heather Bhandari, and featured artist Melissa Staiger as special guests at the event.

We hope that you will join us for the exciting and important event next year at Trestle Gallery for our Art Benefit happening November 28, 2017.


Benefit Committee:

Keith Hernandez
Mary Negro
Kyle O'Hehir
Gina Principato
Zeena Rao
Jenny Wu

Participating Artists:

Ashley Alioto - Meg Atkinson - Emily Auchincloss - Brandy Bajalia - George Belcher - Lauren Bierly - Katherine Bradford - Hedwig Brouckaert - Emily Burns - Jessica Cannon - Melissa Capasso - Bill Carroll - Cecile Chong - Sarah Comfort - Charlotte Corini - Eddie Chu - Sarah Comfort  -Jaynie Crimmins - Raphael Fenton-Spaid - Natalie Fisk - MaDora Frey - Veronique Gambier - Heather Garland - Lauren Gidwitz - Elizabeth Gilfilen - Antonietta Grassi - Abigail Groff Hernandez - Catherine Haggarty - Terence Hannum - Clarity Haynes - Jeanne Heifetz - Meredith Hoffheins - Erik Hougen - Rhia Hurt - Will Hutnick - Michael Hyder - Samuel Jablon - Sara Jones - Owen Karrel - Nils Karsten - Christina Kelly - Anna Kilijunen - Amanda Konishi - Myra Kooy - Katerina Lanfranco - Paul Loughney - Sandra Mack-Valencia - Katrina Majkut - Mary Malcolm - Allison Maletz - Rachel Malin - Max Manning - Tali Margolin - Steven Mayer - Re McBride - Laura Mosquera - Steven Nedboy - Mary Negro - Alexis Neider - Jen Nista - Francesa Pastine - Jessica Perelman - Sarah Nicole Phillips - Alan Prazniak - Mel Prest - Tom Prinsell - Kaveri Raina - Jenna Ransom - Jean Rim - Libby Rosa - James Rose - Annette Rusin - Seth Scantlen - Skye Schirmer - Viviane Rombaldi Seppy - Vicki Sher - Polly Shindler - Sophia Sobers - Marcy Sperry - Melissa Staiger - Oriane Stender - Ann Tarantino - Adrienne Tarver - Kristin Texeira - Anthony Tino - Victoria Tinsley - Denise Triezman - Jeanne Wilkinson - Harold Wortsman + more!

About our Honorees:

(Above: A sampling of recent works by Melissa Staiger)

Melissa Staiger is a New York City based artist and curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute.

Her work has been exhibited at ABC No Rio, Arts@Renaissance, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Heliopolis Project, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Gallery, TSA New York, Trestle Projects, Ventana 244, and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery.

She attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida and currently teaches Abstract Painting, Color Theory, Intro to Printmaking and Open Studio Painting at Trestle Gallery. She was Trestle Gallery’s Curator-in-Residence in the 2015-2016 season. 


Heather Bhandari is the Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, a nonprofit in Brooklyn, NY, whose mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized midcareer, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work. She spent the last 15 years as a director of Mixed Greens gallery in Chelsea, where she curated over 100 exhibitions while managing a roster of nearly two-dozen artists. She is an independent curator, adjunct lecturer at Brown University, and a consultant to several for profit and nonprofit arts institutions. The second edition of her book, ART/WORK, published by Simon and Schusteris scheduled for release in 2017. She lectures and participates in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country. Heather is on the board of directors of visual arts at Art Omi (an artist residency in Ghent, NY), the board of artfcity (an online, art-related publishing platform) and serves as an advisory board member to Trestle Gallery. She was on the board of NURTUREart for nearly a decade. Heather received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.