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Milford Beacon
  • Local artist believes in women helping women

  • Local artist and activist Anne Jenkins is teaming up with Rehoboth Beach artist Anita Peghini-Raber to raise money for women in Africa.
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  • The age-old tradition of women helping women goes international this month traditionally known for giving and goodwill. Two local Delaware business women are joining forces to assist an AIDS Orphans Support Group in South Africa during the entire month of December: Anita Peghini-Räber, owner of Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery on Baltimore Ave in Rehoboth Beach and Anne Jenkins, owner of Anne Jenkins Art Gallery in Milford, Del., will donate 10% of all art sales during December to the Amandawe Support Group (ASG) in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
    During the Rehoboth art collective MOSIAC's Second Saturday art walk on 8 December Jenkins will be the featured artist at Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery to discuss her art and the project. Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery is also offering anyone who buys one painting at full price can get a second from the same artist at half-price.
    Peghini-Räber and Jenkins, both renowned artists, have been working together since opening and wanted to do something more with their art during this holiday season. They both agree the sale of art is a perfect way to assist the ASG since the group is using art to improve their community's living conditions.
    "The women of ASG personify "Vukuzakhe" which is Zulu for 'stand up and do it for yourself." Jenkins said. "They are working for the money, not asking for handouts. I was so excited by Anita's wonderful idea that for this month we'd work to give them a bonus, which they definitely deserve."
    Jenkins, a native of South Africa, has been collaborating with the ASG for four years and is part of the grassroots organization of approximately nine women. Jenkins' sister taught the women to sew and create fabric landscapes which Jenkins irons on to tote bags and sells them in her gallery. All the profits go back to the group, over the 4 years she has sent over $4,000 sent which in SA Rand terms is almost ZAR40,000, and represents getting close to the equivalent of $40,000 in buying power. It has enabled the group to start a soup kitchen and hire two gardeners to manage a perm culture garden to supply vegetables for the soup kitchen.
    Peghini-Räber said she wanted to help these hard-working women and bring a new aspect to the season of giving. During the art walk the gallery will offer a taste of South African food and wine to add to the interest of Jenkins' mainly African themed work. Jenkins will also be present at the gallery to discuss her art and the group's activities.
    For more information, contact (302) 227.2888, Rehoboth art.com, annejenkinsart.com or the ASG website TheBagofHope.com.
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