Gift of flow­ers for char­ity auc­tion

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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.’’

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Wild­flow­ers: De­tail from Corn Pop­pies by artist Raquel Clarke, sim­i­lar to one due to be auc­tioned for char­ity at Wanakafest.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Raquel Clarke

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