Art not just for the birds

Last updated 10:59 22/01/2013
Laya and Lucky

ARTY CHOOKS: Laya and Lucky like hanging out in the silverbeet at Kelley Diener’s Orapiu art garden which opens this weekend for summer.

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An Orapiu artist's garden is about to open for a summer of "hanging out" among the art.

Kelley Diener's property at 11 Anzac Rd will be free to visit from 11am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, and every Thursday to Sunday after that until April.

The artist says visitors can expect all sorts of art, from fun mosaics to steel sculpture and mailboxes.

Richard Wedekind, Jay Lloyd and Lynda Young are among more than 10 artists exhibiting at the garden during summer.

Kelley wanted to create a visitor destination at the bottom end of the island.

"We'll be open for icecream, drinks, the garden walk, and hanging out on the beanbags. People can come and look at the art, sit a while and have something to do in Orapiu."

Kelley loves fresh Mexican food and has five vege patches and six box gardens, which she has planted to "eat locally and seasonally".

The gardens are now scattered with works of art.

"It's an extension of my own art really. I've expanded my workshop to include garden art."

She will also be running one-day art workshops with other artists on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"We'll be using the vegetable patches as references for the art."

Visit waihekegetawayartworkshops.com to find out about the art workshops.

Visit yessy.com/kelleydiener to see Kelley's work.

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