Artist’s work helps charity

When decorative and fine artist Hannah Cook was commissioned by The Cabana at Camana Bay owner Leslie Bergstrom to create the beautiful and elaborate mosaic piece for the store, she believed the project could lead to an opportunity to help children with disabilities.

“The mosaic is an aesthetically pleasing piece, but I wanted the art to reach people on a different level,” she says. “I spoke to Leslie and initially I was going to give part of the proceeds to Stay-Focused, then I came up with the idea that people could have a go at guessing the amount of tile used in the piece.”

The prize for the correct answer was a piece of donated artwork by Cook, which she thought could promote and encourage donations to the charity.

Stay-Focused is a charitable organisation that offers scuba diving to teens and young adults with disabilities.

Debbie Bergstrom, Leslie’s sister-in-law, guessed the correct amount (9,179) and won the prize, which was presented to her at The Cabana by Roger Muller of Stay-Focused.

Cook held another exhibition after she had her first child – a daughter, Holly Mae.

“Again I wanted to use my art for a bigger purpose, so I decided that I would donate a percentage of the artwork sold to Stay-Focused.”

Paul Storey from Paperman’s and The Strand Properties sponsored the location. John Bird of Martlet Design custom-framed, transported and installed the artwork.

“We all worked together for a hugely successful opening,” she says.

Cook presented a check of $1,495 from proceeds of the artwork to Muller.

“The funds donated to Stay-Focused will directly benefit the teens and young adults who will be diving in Cayman this summer,” he says.

“You don’t have to be a large corporation to donate money,” Ms Cook says. “In fact, donations of all sizes create awareness to the cause by involving the public.

“I personally hope that this will encourage everyone to be proactive and create unusual ways to raise money for nonprofit organisations and at the same time highlight awareness, opening our lives to those need our support the most,” she says.