Selling art to help others
‘‘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.