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Artist sells paintings to help poor students

Saigonese artist Y Lan is selling her sand paintings featuring well-known people and Vietnamese landscapes to raise funds for needy students.

The country's leading artist of sand painting, Y Lan has exhibited eight previous times to raise money for the underprivileged.

On display at Duxton Hotel Saigon are 100 of her works depicting the world's most famous faces, such as Dr. Alexandre Yersin, Henri Dumant, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso and Princess Diana.

Vietnamese faces include leaders Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang, musician Trinh Cong Son, southern historian and writer Son Nam and national hero Nguyen Trung Truc. She also has pieces which depict villagers and the beauty of the Vietnam ese countryside.

Using 22 colours of natural sand from Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan province, Y Lan has made nearly 1,500 sand paintings since she started working with the medium in August 2001. The proceeds of all of her paintings go to the poor.

The sand works last forever the artist has despite never using any chemical substance and glue. The art works can be used inside the home or in outdoors garden.

All proceeds from the event will go to scholarships for outstanding students in need in Ho Chi Minh City.

The artist has donated VND 80 million to the city's Agent Orange Support Fund for Agent Orange victims and funded scholarships for 22 students so far this year. The expo runs until next Saturday at Duxton Hotel Saigon at 63 Nguyen Hue St. in District 1.

Nhan Dan - (12/10/2004)

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