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Acclaimed Handicapped Artist Holds Exhibit to Benefit Orthopaedic Hospital; ``Berendina Maazel's Own Physical Limitations Don't Stop Her From Helping Crippled Children''.

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This weekend, artist Berendina Maazel will host a public exhibit of her recent watercolor paintings at her home studio in Tarzana, CA. As she has done since 1996, 100% of the money received from the sale of her work will be given to Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital to support their mission to provide healthcare to disadvantaged children free of charge. The October 21-22 exhibit of 31 paintings is an exploration of Berendina's finest work and features a variety of pieces that depict the Santa Monica Mountains, flowers, fantasies, and animals, among other subjects. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the exhibit is a highlight of Berendina's superb talent and dedication to art despite an on-going personal fight against rheumatoid arthritis.

"We are delighted that Berendina has once again chosen Orthopaedic Hospital to benefit from her incredible artistic talent," said Eloise Helwig, President, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation. "She is living proof that determination can help the physically challenged to triumph over their handicaps and live a rewarding life."

The wife of the late internationally renown concert pianist Marvin Maazel, Berendina was born in Holland, and after WWII attended the Academy of Fine Arts where she graduated in 1955. In the mid-'50s, the Maazels moved to California where she has pursued a successful career as an artist. Over the years, Berendina has sold oil paintings and woodcuts from her studio and the Raymond Burr Gallery in Beverly Hills. She has a woodcut print (self-portrait) in the Print Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and since her husband's death in 1989, Berendina has concentrated more on acrylics and watercolors.

"It is exciting for me to be able to use my talents to help the children of Orthopaedic Hospital," said Berendina. "Knowing that I am able to help those less fortunate than myself has made my battle against rheumatoid arthritis seem insignificant in comparison because many of the children at the hospital lead daily fights for their lives -- this alone has provided me with the inspiration to join their cause." Berendina was able to witness first-hand the work done at Orthopaedic Hospital after undergoing surgery twice at the institution as a result of her arthritis.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Orthopaedic Hospital is a recognized world leader in research, teaching and patient care in orthopaedic medicine, resulting in an improved quality of life for children and adults with crippling diseases for 88 years. Orthopaedic Hospital has been helping children afflicted with crippling conditions receive the finest care in the world and lead healthy, active lives without regard to the family's ability to pay. For additional information on Orthopaedic Hospital and its services, please visit the website at or call (213) 742-1500.

 Location: The Berendina Maazel Home Studio
 4870 Vanalden Avenue
 Tarzana, CA 91356 - (818) 344-0493
 Dates: October 21-22 (Saturday and Sunday)
 Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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