Secretary Julia Loudenback, President Phyllis Jordan and Treasurer Dave Kurtz

Recycle for the Arts Program Manager Karen Kempf, Tim Dean and Assistant to the Executive Director Crystal White

Tami Hills, Ross Lanz and Alex Mena

At 7 p.m., on March 14, friends of the environment gathered at The Shops at Canal Place for Salvations 2008: A Juried Furniture Exhibition and Auction, a cocktail gala benefiting The Green Project.

 The Green Project, which raises funds to promote environmental sustainability in New Orleans, presented the fundraiser as “carbon neutral,” with carbon offsets sponsored by TerraPass and AtmosClear.

“Hosting New Orleans’ first carbon-neutral fundraiser is the Green Project’s way of showing that we are all capable of doing something to improve the environment,” Green Project Executive Director Angie Green said in a press release.
The gala featured an auction of furniture projects, at 8 p.m., with 27 pieces of furniture by 23 artists.

An oak floor chair made of flooring and scrap metal, designed by Seth Welty, Emilie Taylor and Joe Doherty, won Best in Show and $1,000. An urban topography table by Ian and Terri Dreyer took the runner-up slot and a $500 cash prize.

Best Chair was awarded to a piece designed by Wyoming Quinn and F. Scott Greenfield. William “Chip” Martinson Jr., took the Best Table honors and a clock by Stewart Schmidt and Neil Ritter won Best Casework. Moniqe Pilié of Hike for KaTREEna received the Green Giant award.

Design jury members included Readymade Magazine’s Julia Cosgrove, author Josh Dorfman, Concordia Architects founder Steven Bingler, Richard Mathis of Symmetry Jewelers, and Green Project board member Dan Weiner.   

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers provided music, and food and drink purveyors included: Abita Brewing Company, Glazer’s Companies of Louisiana, Bayona, Blue Frog Chocolates, Dante’s Kitchen and Herbsaint. Design sponsors included: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Nola.com; and The Shops at Canal Place.