The Saturday event features music and artwork in a fundraiser for students in Kayamandi, South Africa, where 4,500 residents were displaced

by: COURTESY OF PHUMLANI MTABE -  Phumlani Mtabe sifts through the rubble after a devestating fire destroyed his home and those of 4,500 villagers in Kayamandi, South Africa on March 14. An art show and concert will help students with the items they lost.A Sherwood art teacher and local musician are hosting a fundraiser May 18 to benefit an South African village that recently burned to the ground leaving 4,500 people homeless.

Jennifer Predoehl of Blue Plume Studio will do live performance painting with noted local musician Amanda Stanaway performing a concert at Sherwood’s Perfection Farms, 24835 S.W. Labrousse Road. Activities get underway at 7 p.m.

In addition, local artists will be donating works to be sold throughout the evening.

The fundraiser will help six of the students that Predoehl taught when she was an art teacher at a school in Kayamandi, South COURTESY OF JENNIFER PREDOEHL - A lion is part of the featured artwork available for auction during Saturday's event set for 7 p.m. at Sherwood's Perfection Farms.

Predoehl recently shared an email from one of her students about the March 14 fire (which was apparently caused when a paraffin stove caught fire, setting adjacent shacks on fire) that destroyed 1,000 homes: “Since all my stuff got burned I have to start from scratch. I did get some support from other people for clothes…. The major problem now is house stuff like furniture: a table, chairs, bed, gas or paraffin stove since we don’t have electricity yet.”

The student also said he lost his art portfolio and he was concerned about how he would begin again.

“All I can think of lately is how to help my friends keep that hope alive,” said Predoehl. “In response, Amanda Stanaway and I have created a lovely evening for you to help partner in to bring our brothers and sisters in Africa hope.”

Tickets to the fundraiser are free but donations will be gladly accepted.

For more information, call COURTESY OF JENNIFER PREDOEHL - An African tree is another piece of art available through purchase at Saturday's auction.

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