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Art eases sport pain

AN art exhibition and sale to raise funds for injured athletes is underway at the Itys Arts Gallery through December 5.

Veteran artist Peng Mingliang is showing 40 sketches and 18 canvases, mostly brightly colored upbeat abstracts.

Last weekend at the exhibition opening, Peng and the Shanghai Sports Development Foundation launched the Tang Foundation to aid injured athletes.

It is named after Tang Miao, the former men's volleyball star who sustained a serious spinal injury during training in 2007.

"I saw the news in 2007 and was later moved by Tang's indomitable spirit," says Peng.

He himself had a lower back injury 18 years ago and was confined to bed for one and a half months. "All I could do was stare at the ceiling, I nearly collapsed," Peng says.

"Tang's injury is much more severe. He is suffering unimaginable pain and agony. I am so impressed by his endurance."

Peng donated 10,000 yuan (US$1,464) to the Tang Foundation and an oil titled "Wish" to Tang's wife, also a veteran volleyball player.

"Injury and accidents in the life of an athlete are inevitable," Peng says. "When we acclaim the champions, we should not forget those who were injured. They need our support and care."

"I like the shining colors instead of the gray tones," he says. "Life is already heavy enough and I hope my paintings will brighten the eyes of the viewers."

Date: through December 5, 10am-5pm

Venue: Itys Arts Gallery, 2449 Wanhangdu Rd



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