Big idea wins big prize

FROM THE FRONT PAGE Com­mu­nity sup­port­ers awarded

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By GRANT BRYANT

‘‘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.

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