Where the heart is

At a time when our thoughts turn to home, artist and Hearts & Homes for Refugees’ board member Lori Kapner Hosp has created and donated a collection of 28 original paintings, “Glimpses of Places They Called Home,” for Hearts & Homes online art auction, beginning Friday, Nov. 27. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Hearts & Homes for Refugees’ ongoing work to welcome, assist and advocate for refugee families in the region.

“When the pandemic hit, I knew that I would paint my way through it, and I wanted to create a project with purpose.” said Hosp. “So, my paintings became an homage to the bravery, kindness and exuberance of refugee families who bring so much to our communities, while also supporting the critically important work of Hearts & Homes for Refugees.”

“We are absolutely blown away by Lori’s generosity and talent as seen in these beautiful works of art that celebrate the countries and cultures our new neighbors so bravely left behind to embrace new lives in America,” said Kathie O’Callaghan founder and president of Hearts & Homes for Refugees. “As we look once again toward a more welcoming tone in our country, we are thrilled to share Lori’s collection and give people the opportunity to support our work in this unique way.”

Hosp joined the board of directors of Hearts & Homes for Refugees two years ago and is an active volunteer, focusing much of her work on the organization’s Helping Hands program. In addition to her work with Hearts & Homes, Hosp is a member of the board of trustees for Scarsdale Synagogue and has served as a member of the board of directors of New York Women in Communications Inc. (NYWICI) and as co-chair of development for the organization’s Matrix Awards. She has also served on the advisory board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hosp’s art has been included in exhibits at the Pelham Art Center, where she has trained for years with Eleanor Miller, and in the Beaux Arts Exhibition in Dobbs Ferry. In addition to her volunteer and philanthropic work, Hosp is a 25-year communications industry veteran with expertise in global brand strategy, identity creation and business development. Throughout her career, she has worked for several international branding consultancies, including her own firm. A native of Great Neck, Long Island, Hosp lives in Scarsdale with her family.

The auction will take place at biddingforgood.com/hhrefugees and will remain open through Sunday, Dec. 6. For more, visit https://www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org.

Georgette Gouveia

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