Austrian women artists for Haiti

By John MorrisAn exhibition and auction by a leading Austrian artist raised 4,500 Euros for female victims of the Haiti earthquake.Mara Stamenkovic opened an exhibition at Vienna’s Palais Coburg on Monday, International Women’s Day, and used the occasion as an opportunity to help the victims of the disaster, which claimed almost 200,000 lives.The exhibition, entitled “Romantic Neonism”, featured the auction of a work by sculptor Ingeborg Hofstätter. The proceeds were added to by donations from those attending the exhibition, and the money is to be given to the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ORF) Neighbour in Need Haiti appeal fund.Haiti’s honorary consulate in Austria, Yolande Dreihann-Holenia, stressed that, two months on from the earthquake, aid agencies are still in need of funding.