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The Art Of Charity: Works Of Ken Abendana Spencer On Exhibition For The Hilton K.I.D.S Charity – Hilton Hotel, Kingston June 2006

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(June 8 2006):

Some 40 of the final art pieces of celebrated Jamaican artist, the late Ken Abendana Spencer are on exhibition at the Hilton Kingston throughout the month of June. The paintings will be offered for sale, with a number of pieces to be auctioned as part of the hotel’s effort to raise funds for its Kindness in Donations and Services (K.I.D.S) Charity Fund.

KENNETH ABENDANA Spencer (born Kenneth Abondarno) who died on December 28, 2005 at the age of 76 was world renowned for his vibrant and natural style paintings depicting Jamaican life and its people.

“Spencer’s exciting and whimsical pieces done in various media have captivated art enthusiast for decades. More persons can now share in the beauty and richness of Ken Spencer’s Art, and the great thing is that they are doing it to support a new generation through charity,” noted a private collector who was instrumental in the staging of the exhibition.

Lisa Hanna, PR Manager at the Hilton Kingston explained that the pieces which were among the last works completed by the artist before his death, will be displayed throughout the common areas of the hotel through to July 31.

Miss Hanna noted that the show will be expanded on June 13, when 20 more pieces will be put on display at the Managers Cocktail Party. Two of Spencer’s pieces will be offered in a silent auction at the annual K.I.D.S. Golf Tournament Banquet on June 25 at the Hilton Kingston Hotel. All proceeds from the auction and part proceeds of other sales will also go towards the charity.

The K.I.D.S fund is the Hilton’s Caribbean non-profit organization geared towards assisting children on the island’s where the hotel is located. Events such as the annual K.I.D.S Charity Golf Tournament has helped the charity to raised over J$13 million since the programme’s establishment. In Jamaica funds have gone towards the renovation, refurbishing and construction of basic schools operated by K.I.D.S.

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