‘Breath of life’

AN art exhibition to raise funds for terminally ill artist, Meli Laddpeter drew a large turnout of viewers and patrons in Nadi on Friday evening.

The decadent showroom opened with an aerial dance performance before Laddpeter’s wife Kiti and their eight children gathered for a song to express their gratitude.

One of the country’s most established visual artists, Laddpeter’s career as a graphic artist and designer for S Nagindas was stalled after he was diagnosed with bronchiectasis last year, leaving him permanently hooked up to an oxygen tank.

“Just the theme of this exhibition — Breathe — gives Meli another breath of life,” said cousin Stephen Seeto .

“With the turnout, we didn’t expect such a response but are so grateful.”

Exhibited pieces weren’t confined to traditional mediums, with mosaics, hot glassware and photography also put up for sale.

Fellow artist Irami Buli said the exhibition was an overwhelming event and opportunity to support Mr Seeto.

“We are committed to the challenges faced by him and his family, and glad that we are uniting.”

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