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