As Princess Gabbara reminds in a recent ebony.com item, the idea of Dr. Lee Gause selling curated art to underwrite dental care for the uninsured makes perfect sense:
Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.
Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.
The next one is tomorrow night at SoHo’s Martin Lawrence Gallery. The featured artist for the July 9 event is Japanese-born painter and sculptor Takashi Murakami, with his works priced at 20% below market value.
So far, Gause has raised more than $300,000 and treated, through this one-year-old program, upwards of 500 patients. According to Gabbara’s item, Gause’s celebrity clients include Floyd Mayweather, Angela Simmons and Danny Green.
Update (4:30 p.m.):
Post-publication, a rep for the gallery confirmed that this is a by-invitation-only event. RSVPs are required.