Co-Creating Community:

Silent Auction

Part of Nalanda Institute’s Year-End Fundraising Drive

Please join our silent auction as we celebrate the wonderful artists in our community who have so generously donated their works to help Nalanda Institute achieve its year-end fundraising goal.

Co-Creating Community:

Silent Auction

Part of Nalanda Institute’s Year-End Fundraising Drive

Please join our silent auction as we celebrate the wonderful artists in our community who have so generously donated their works to help Nalanda Institute achieve its year-end fundraising goal.

How It Works

There are four artworks available. To participate in the silent auction, indicate which item you’d like to bid on and the amount of your bid, and send it via email to geri@nalandainstitute.org. You will receive an email confirming your placed bid. The highest bids submitted will be posted each day at 12:00pm ET. To view the current bid, check this page daily. The auction will end at noon the last day of our fundraising drive, December 31st.

Of course, you could also support Nalanda Institute without participating in the Silent Auction. Find out more.

Thank you for your participation in our Year-End Fundraising Drive!

The Auction

Check back at noon each day to view the current bid. Find out more about the artists at the bottom of this page. (You may need to refresh your browser to see bid updates)


Diane Bertolo
No Small Measure, 2013
Gouache on pieced paper
9" x 18"

Paper irregularitites on vintage paper (right side) are intentional.

Minimum opening bid: $500

Minimum increments: $50

Current bid: $1,000


angela manno

Angela Manno
Monarch Butterfly, nd

Archival pigment print on acid-free paper

14" x 11"

Minimum opening bid: $100

Minimum increments: $25

Current bid: $100


michela-martello-lion

Michela Martello
Leone Infinito, 2022

Chalk on paper

14" x 19"

Minimum opening bid: $500

Minimum increments: $50

Current bid:


Ana Maria Velasco
Bougainvillas and Blue Sky, 2022

Gouache & watercolor on paper

10" x 7"

Minimum opening bid: $500

Minimum increments: $50

Current bid: $500

The Artists

Diane Bertolo

Diane Bertolo works with pixels, paper, sticks and stones to create visually diverse works that mark the passage of time or that call attention to the everyday. Most works are informed by the concept of impermanence along with the idea that embedded in every living thing is the algorithm for its demise — a coded time machine ticking from within. The evolving visual language takes pleasure in the spectacle of disintegration and plays with chaos, logic and uncertainty.

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including “Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant Garde of the 70s” at the Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY; “Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Postwar America” at the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; and “Telematic Connection: The Virtual Embrace” at the San Francisco Art Institute. Fellowships include The New York Foundation for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

The small painting on paper for this auction is part of a series of works called “A Measure of Uncertainty” which speaks to the uncertainty of the future of our natural world. Here, the tree branches form a kind of ruler—a poetic measuring device to gauge our relationship to the planet.

website: dianebertolo.com

instagram: @dianebertolo

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Angela Manno

My current work focuses on the holocaust of Nature we are witnessing, in particular species extinction, at a rate of 10,000–100,000 per year — one thousand times the natural rate. Based on these statistics, biologist E.O. Wilson estimates that if current trends continue, half of Earth’s animal and plant species will be extinct by the end of this century.

It is clear that the Western mind is divorced from Nature, the primary condition that has led to the current ecological catastrophe. I feel that the only way back — indeed our own survival — depends on nothing less than a re-enchantment with the Earth as a living reality.

It is for this reason that I have chosen to depict non-human species in a traditionally religious form — the icon, originating in the monasteries of 14th-16th century Russia — a practice that I have maintained for more than twenty years.

My aim in creating these works is to elevate non-human species to their rightful and equal place in the community of being.

“In her remarkable animal portraits, Angela Manno has found a way to combine exactitude with meaning in the faces of her subjects, no less than if they were in Nature’s studio looking out to the friendly observer.”

— Edward O. Wilson, conservation biologist, author of

Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

website: angelamanno.com

instagram: @angelamannofineart

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Michela Martello

Michela Martello is unique as a contemporary artist utilizing collage, paint, and found materials to build mythic artworks integrating imagery and symbolism of India, Tibet, Brazil, Ancient Italian symbols and illustration to form an individual visual language. More than just reference tantric and religious iconography, she integrates them into her own lyrical creations.

Trained as an illustrator at the Europe Institute of Design, Martello felt that the traditional techniques and methods taught in school could be incredibly rigid, especially when it came to depictions of women.

“My style has always been somewhat oppositional and spontaneous. When we lift each other up, stereotypes become old ghosts.” —MM

website: michelamartello.com

instagram: @michelamartello

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Ana Maria Velasco

Ana Maria Velasco creates maps that outline her travels through earthy and spiritual worlds in her paintings and drawings. Her painting practice is a relational one. Relationship of herself as a body to place, nature, materials, objects, thoughts, people and memories. The dreamlike paintings stem from her need to record the seen and unseen world. She gathers information through observation and experience then shares evidence from her encounters. Born in Colombia, Velasco often approaches the country, its biodiversity, its politics, and its people as a foundation for her visual vocabulary. Her curiosity extends into investigations of our dependent existence.

While Velasco focuses on observation and contemplation, ultimately her paintings spark questions about the complicated perception of reality, truth, impermanence, belonging, conflict and co-existence. Velasco’s artistic practice and life experiences align as she consistently celebrates the unity of the natural and metaphysical worlds, through bearing witness of her inner and outer world.

website: anamariavelasco.com

instagram: @velascoartstudio