Acclaimed Ethiopian artist Erte Tekle is in Southern California for 10 days to kick off an Ethiopian famine benefit sponsored by the Art Experience of Laguna Beach and the Committee Against Famine in Ethiopia.
The painter will speak at a fund-raising dinner Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 666 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa. Patrons contributing a minimum of $350 will be able to take home their choice of a porcelain work by one of four other artists. Proceeds will benefit famine victims in Ethiopia.
Tekle's awards include induction into the Toastmasters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Gold Mercury International Award in 1982. Three other dinners at which he will appear for the benefit are planned in Los Angeles, Dallas, and either New York or Washington, D.C.