Gift of flowers for charity auction
A special artwork will be auctioned as part of Wanakafest for charity this year. The painting, Corn Poppies II is one of the Wildflowers Collection by Queenstown artist Raquel Clarke and is being supplied by the artist and Wanaka Fine Art Gallery. Gallery owner Lyz Dozzi, who purchased the gallery two months ago with husband Peter, said 24-year-old Clarke supplied exclusively to the gallery and was known for the collection. Miss Clarke said her only specific art training had been at Wakatipu High School but was doing an apprenticeship under her renowned, artist father Ivan Clarke and was already making a living from her work. ‘‘It can be difficult to transition from being an artist to working for a living. I’ve had challenges but its helped having Dad as coach and mentor.’’ The Wildflowers Collection had stemmed from her own love of them and they seemed to be the most popular of her paintings. ‘‘It’s really quite exciting as there’s so many different types of wildflower out there. They’re just so beautiful and most people seem to appreciate them.’’ She was excited to be able to support the Orphans Aid International charity with the work as, through her mother’s involvement, she had seen many examples of the good work done by the organisation for children in its care. Hanging in the gallery the painting would carry a price tag of $4850 but biding would start at $2800. It would be seen publicly for the first time on October 22 at the gallery and available for viewing until October 24 when it will be shown at Passion for Fashion and the open, silent auction will begin. Bidding will end at the festival food and wine tent at 5pm on Saturday, October 26. Profit made on the painting would be donated to Orphans Aid and the festival. Mrs Dozzi hoped the donation would raise the profile of the gallery but wanted to do something for the community she had lived in for three years and been visiting since she was 4 years old. ‘‘This seems like an ideal opportunity to get involved in something close to Wanaka’s heart. ‘‘Business people need supporting local events.’’
Wildflowers: Detail from Corn Poppies by artist Raquel Clarke, similar to one due to be auctioned for charity at Wanakafest.