|Laura Marie Duncan|
The exhibition opens at the Taglialatella Galleries Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 23. A free reception with the artists is held Sept. 16 from 6–8 PM at the gallery.
A five-time Tony Award nominee, Foster won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002 and for Anything Goes in 2011. Her stage credits also include Shrek the Musical, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Women. She most recently starred in the ABC Family show "Bunheads."
Inspired by Havard, Foster began exploring visual arts several years ago and and has created ink drawings, acrylics and works in mixed media. She also created a line of theatrical holiday cards for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Havard, who worked as Foster's backstage dresser for more than ten years, studied at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London and often created drawings and murals depicting characters from the musicals he worked on. He has completed commissions for Broadway Cares, Dreamworks Theatricals and a long list of actors including Megan Mullally, Delta Burke and Daniel Radcliffe.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artists' work during the run of the exhibition will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States since 1988.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
For more information about the exhibition, visit taglialatellagalleries.com/exhibitions.