Art feeds the soul at Bread of Life

Bread of Life
work coordinator
Annie Bately
and manager
Brian Gull with
artworks that
will be raffled
at the ...

Bread of Life community work coordinator Annie Bately and manager Brian Gull with artworks that will be raffled at the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show.

Illustrations by a Timaru artist who counts Peter Jackson among his fans will raise funds for a good cause at the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show in Blenheim.

Raffle tickets giving aviation enthusiasts the chance to win prints of three drawings by Hayden Lamont will be sold at Bread of Life's stall at the air show this weekend.

Bread of Life community work co-ordinator Annie Bately said funds raised would go towards the work the charity does in Blenheim.

"I'm hoping we get a really good response from the community because everything we get will go towards the work we do with our clients."

Bread of Life provides a range of community services, including counselling, family support, Oscar programmes and funds for emergency medical and dental treatment.

Bread of Life manager Brian Gull said only half of the organisations funding was sourced through grants. "We have to find other ways to fund the balance."

The Classic Fighters event had taken Bread of Life staff about two months to prepare for.

Members of military re-enactment group the Garrison Society helped to turn a purpose-built frame into a bunker for the Bread of Life stall. Various food items will be sold from the stall, which is named "The Mess".

Gull hoped having the stall at the three-day event would help to raise awareness of what Bread of Life does in Blenheim.

"A lot of people don't know that we are such a diverse organisation."

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Lamont, who grew up in Marlborough and works as a tattoo artist at Burnt Toast Custom Tattoos in Timaru, said the prints to be raffled off at Classic Fighters were of a Hurricane Fighter, Sopwith Pup and Fokker DVII.

The original of each print took between 14 and 16 hours to craft.

Illustrations by Lamont have been featured in a Weta Workshop exhibition in Wellington and displayed at celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Lamont said a highlight of his career was having a drawing he created of a Lancaster Bomber gifted to Peter Jackson as a birthday present.

"It was definitely an honour. It was something I'd never want to forget."

 - The Marlborough Express


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