Sell­ing art to help oth­ers

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‘‘Buy­ers not only en­joy hav­ing the art works in their homes, but also have the greater plea­sure of know­ing they have helped oth­ers in real need.’’ Sue Mooar

Waikato artists Sue Mooar and Robyn Jack­son are turn­ing their love for paint­ing into a means of help­ing peo­ple in acute poverty and abu­sive sit­u­a­tions over­seas.

They have set up New Zealand Art for Char­ity, through which artists can do­nate their works to be shown and sold, both in ex­hi­bi­tions and on­line, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to over­seas char­i­ties.

‘‘It’s work­ing well. I’ve al­ready sold five paint­ings,’’ Jack­son said.

‘‘The idea be­gan last year, be­cause I was feel­ing re­ally up­set about chil­dren liv­ing in harsh poverty, and be­ing abused in all sorts of dread­ful ways.

‘‘I was frus­trated I couldn’t do more.

‘‘I asked Sue who’s been an art teacher and does beau­ti­ful paint­ings, to join me.

‘‘She has a real heart for suf­fer­ing peo­ple, and she came on board straight away.’’

‘‘I saw the pos­si­bil­i­ties,’’ Mooar said.

‘‘It’s us­ing some­thing both Robyn and I en­joy – paint­ing – to help oth­ers.

‘‘And it means buy­ers not only en­joy hav­ing the art works in their homes, but also have the greater plea­sure of know­ing they have helped oth­ers in real need.’’

The first ex­hi­bi­tion will be held in Te Awa­mutu, with close to 50 paint­ings for sale from seven New Zealand artists.

All the pro­ceeds will go to Flame Cam­bo­dia, which aims to help poor chil­dren out of Cam­bo­dian slums and pro­vide them with good ed­u­ca­tion.

The Flame Cam­bo­dia ex­hi­bi­tion starts on Satur­day, March 18 from 10am to 8pm, and on Sun­day, March 19 from 10am to 5pm, in the Burchell Pav­il­ion, Gorst Av­enue, Te Awa­mutu.

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