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.

Pos­i­tive re­sponse

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.

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