Some artistic flair from nabs

The second annual nabs Art Auction was a lot cooler—literally—than the inaugural event, which saw attendees sweat their way through a night without air conditioning. This year’s event, which took place May 23 at The Great Hall in Toronto’s west end, raised approximately $7,000 for the charity organization.

Approximately 64 pieces of art, including sculpture, painting and photography, were auctioned off. “We work in a very creative industry and sometimes creative people need different avenues to show their creativity, whether it’s sculpting or painting,” says nabs’ executive director, Jay Bertram. “It’s nice to show our creativity when there’s no client brief.”

The piece atop this article is by Caitlin Neve, a senior account manager at Adobe. “It was really exciting to be a part of the nabs art auction this year,” said Neve. “The folks at nabs work hard and being able to contribute in this small way was important. Their mission of supporting the health and well-being of the advertising community in Canada is critically needed, as reports of young people in the industry burning out are higher than ever.”

nabs executive director Jay Bertram.
Adobe’s Caitlin Neve talking about one of her pieces with Larissa Dawe.
Neve’s digital collage “This Ad Sucks.”
A photograph from one of Canadian advertising’s most accomplished creatives—and The Message columnist—Jack Neary.
FCB’s Penny Taylor (right) with Brenda van Ginkel. 
Taylor’s photograph “Giant Steps.”
nabs’ Rosetta Heckhausen with Joseph Marranca.
A photograph by CMDC’s Shannon Lewis.
Chris Powell