Art Exhibition in aid of Hearing Impaired

Art Exhibition in aid of Hearing Impaired:

Petra Stighligh will be hosting an art exhibition at the Paxton Hotel in aid of the Joy of Hearing Foundation. Photo: Picture supplied

Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape.

The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert.

A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13.

Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards.

She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz.

Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”.

Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show.

Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay.

For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting.

Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the official launch of the organisation, which takes place on Friday evening.

Can you imagine what it must feel like if you cannot hear anything, not even your own voice?Joy of Hearing was established to fulfill the dream of improving the lives of the hearing impaired by way of access to cochlear implant technology.

While they will be given the opportunity to discover the world of sound – the joy of hearing – the lives of those who helped to make it possible will be enriched

There are many children and adults in the Eastern Cape who have severe-to-profound hearing loss, which can have a devastating effect on them and their families, but because of financial constraints do not have access to cochlear implant technology.

For children born deaf, the ability to reach their full potential will be seriously compromised. Cochlear implants provide the opportunity to restore hearing or provide hearing for the first time to these individuals and give them the confidence to live a full and productive life.

The cost of this procedure and the maintenance of the apparatus are very expensive and out of reach for most, with the Eastern Cape as one of the poorest and most needy areas in South Africa.

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