Two decades of support celebrated
Of the 20 artworks Alpine Energy has purchased during the past two decades it has been sponsoring the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival, it was a painting depicting cattle which has endured as a favourite for one employee.
In acknowledgement of its 20 years involvement with the festival, Alpine Energy’s collection of artworks will be on display to the public for the first time at this year’s festival, alongside the festi- val’s art and photographic exhibition.
Alpine Energy corporate services manager Michael Boorer said the 20 artworks were a welcome addition to the Alpine Energy office.
His favourite was an acrylic painting on canvas by Bronwyn Shimmin titled Cattle. He said the detail of the painting was what stood out to him; ‘‘it has amazing detail’’.
The organisation has also planted a Canadian maple tree in the grassy verge across the road from Todd Park in Geraldine to mark its connection with the event.
The 29th festival kicks off at 7pm on Thursday with the opening of the arts and photographic exhibition held at the Geraldine Primary School community hall.
Art and photography convenor Cushla Flannery said a large range of works from all over New Zealand had been submitted for the exhibition and competition.
There will be 116 works on display, and 195 photographers have submitted photos, she said. The Alpine Energy Art Awards will be handed out on Thursday night and the exhibition will be open for viewing until 3pm Sunday.
Festival committee chairman John Rule said the festival would be a ‘‘pretty big event’’ this year.
‘‘Without Alpine Energy’s involvement there’s a good chance the art and photographic exhibition wouldn’t be what it is today,’’ Rule said.
Other festival events include the boulevard day on Friday, and the market day at the Geraldine Domain on Saturday.
A fundraising concert held at St Mary’s Church on Sunday raised $1457.40 for the South Canterbury Cancer Society. Organised by the church’s new music director Lucy Dillon, about 200 people attended the event. The concert was somewhat of a tribute for Dillon, whose mother, living in Perth, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Trees to get the chop
A number of protected trees will be removed as a subdivision development gets underway at the site of the vacant former nurses homes in Waimate. Waimate district councillors visited the 2.210 hectare site on the intersection of Queen and Hillary streets on Tuesday to view the trees and talk to the developers. The site visit confirmed 14 identified trees for removal with councillors voting to accept the resource consent application to remove the trees. Council resource planner Kevin Tiffen said a change of use had informed the decision as there were potential risks around development if the trees stayed.
Trust donates for container
The Timaru Civic Trust has helped Alive Vibrant Timaru reach its fundraising goal which will enable it to purchase a 20-foot-long container. A couple of people and businesses had pledged $1900 towards the project when it first began in August, and the trust has since committed $5000 on top of that, Civic Trust member and Alive and Vibrant Timaru founder Josh Newlove said. Alive Vibrant Timaru will use the container to serve as a pop up art gallery and creative space, and to give people an opportunity to hone their art making skills ahead of a street art festival Newlove hopes to bring to Timaru next year. Newlove was purchasing the container through Royal Wolf, and hoped it would arrive within the next month. Alive Vibrant Timaru was talking with a few people about possible first locations for the container to be set up at. Newlove said he was planning to have some removable panels made out of plywood to go on the outside of the container, which would serve as a ‘‘blank canvas’’ for people to make art on.
Preparing for the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival are Cushla Flannery, committee member, and John Rule, committee chairman.