Big idea wins big prize
FROM THE FRONT PAGE Community supporters awarded
‘‘It’s a bit of Darby meets Picasso,’’ he said. Mr Clarke, a successful landscape artist, said he started the collection nine years ago. ‘‘It’s my sabbatical. I’m still on my sabbatical painting dogs,’’ he said. He has a large international following and was inspired by a mix of 19th century greats such as Claude Monet and Albert Bierstadt. A book Mr Clarke wrote – Alveridgea – The Legend of the Lonely Dog – was being developed into a feature film. Gallery director Lyz Dozzi said she was absolutely delighted that Ivan was a part of the gallery. Since she took over, the resident artists based at the gallery had grown from seven to 17. The artists were all from the Southern South Island, and each specialised in a different type of discipline and colour, Mrs Dozzi said. The work will stay in the gallery for another week before it is returned to Mr Clarke’s gallery in Queenstown and put up for auction. Those interested in making a bid can contact the gallery. Wanaka community groups were represented strongly in this year’s Trustpower Community Awards for the Queenstown Lakes District, with the Kakano Aotearoa Trust taking out the supreme award. The trust was started six years ago, with no money, but a big idea. That idea was to establish a community-based native plant nursery that could get involved with regeneration and reforestation projects and inspire and assist other communities through education, demonstration and getting their hands amongst the soil the thousands of native trees grew in. The trust has had 497 volunteers, who have ranged from Wanaka locals, to tourists to overseas school and business groups planting native trees. LANDSAR Wanaka took out the Health and Wellbeing award, and Warbirds over Wanaka took out the Heritage and Environment award, while Montessori Children’s House Wanaka was the runner-up in the Arts and Culture category. The Lake Hawea Community Centre Committee won a commendation in the Sports and Leisure slot. Kahu Youth won the Education and Child and Youth Development section, while the Grans Reading Programme at Hawea Flat School won a runner-up award.