SHORT AND SHARP
40 years of brushwork
Acclaimed Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney launches his new book ‘‘Grahame Sydney: 1974-2014’’ over a three-course dinner at Bistro Gentil in Wanaka tomorrow. The book is amajor retrospective of Sydney’s paintings over the last 40 years. The event is part of restaurateur Luc Bohyn’s ‘‘An Artist At My Table’’ series. A percentage of book sales will be donated to the Outspoken Festival, of which Sydney is a patron. The book includes Sydney’s own account of his formative years. New Zealand Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan of Dunedin has contributed an essay on the paintings.
Dose of sunshine
Begged for, borrowed and stolen beats will be the backdrop of a performance by Sunshine Sounds System in Queenstown on Friday. System member Simon Hendl, aka DJ Downtown Brown, said he was looking forward to returning to his old stomping ground for a show at Prime. Hendl, a former owner of Subculture, moved to Auckland in 2012 after selling the nightclub. Doors open at 9.30pm to the show at Prime.
British trophies for Two Sisters
Two Sisters Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2009 has won two top awards at the prestigious UK-based International Wine and Spirits Competition. ‘‘Having a New Zealand Riesling win two major trophies provides international recognition that the quality of wines being made from the variety in the country is truly world class,’’ commented New Zealand wine writer, Jo Burzynska, who was in the UK to judge the New Zealand classes at this year’s competition. Gold medals were awarded Terra Sancta Shingle Beach Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 and Yealands Estate Winemaker Reserve Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013.
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