Art of rais­ing funds

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

The St Andrew’s Church parish gar­den is set to be trans­formed from flo­ral to fab­u­lous with a se­ries of sculp­tures.

The Ep­som church is hold­ing an art ex­hi­bi­tion and sale to raise money for re­fur­bish­ing its hall and will also make a do­na­tion to the Books in Prison Trust.

The event started 26 years ago and this is the first time it has in­cluded a sculp­ture gar­den.

Or­gan­iser Liz Caughey says there will be around 200 works in the ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, glass and ce­ram­ics.

“There will be some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she says.

Most of the artists se­lected for the event are from Auck­land and Ms Caughey says she has al­ready had en­quiries from the pub­lic about whether spe­cific artists and works will be avail­able.

She de­cided to in­clude the sculp­ture gar­den this year be­cause it’s some­thing not many ex­hi­bi­tions fea­ture.

“I’m very ex­cited about it. It’s some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

“A lot of peo­ple do paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tions but hav­ing sculp­ture makes it a broader ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It’s gar­den sculp­ture and there is some fun and quirky stuff.”

She says there will be a di­verse range of pieces for sale and many will go at the open­ing night on Fri­day.

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple who want to buy come on the Fri­day night.”

Ms Caughey says the parish hall is used by lots of com­mu­nity groups and the funds from the ex­hi­bi­tion will pro­vide a much-needed new kitchen.

It will also sup­port the Books in Prison Trust, which runs li­braries at women’s pris­ons and helps in­mates with lit­er­acy and a new di­rec­tion in life.

Trust founder Lynn Daw­son says it re­lies on pub­lic and private do­na­tions, or­gan­i­sa­tions and fund­ing agen­cies to do its work.

“St Andrew’s have been very sup­port­ive of us,” she says.

All the money do­nated by the church will sup­port the trust’s work at the Auck­land Re­gional Women’s Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in south Auck­land.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open on Fri­day from 6.30pm to 9pm at the parish hall, 100 St An­drews Rd, Ep­som.

Tick­ets for the open­ing cost $25 and in­clude wine and fin­ger food. For tick­ets, call 638-8264.

The show runs from 11am to 4pm on Satur­day and Sun­day.

En­try by gold coin.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Gar­den art: Sara Ken­rick, right, and Liz Caughey with some of the sculp­tures on dis­play at St Andrew’s Church.

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