Art for a worthy cause

JUDITH RITCHIE
Last updated 15:26 19/02/2014
 Reuben in the Red Chair
A painting donated by Dean McCrae titled  Upper Moutere Old Kiln, top, and Passages of Light by Katy Sanson
 Reuben in the Red Chair
TRANQUIL: A painting by Linda Hannan titled Lake Rotoiti Jetty.

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The Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Centre in Upper Moutere is holding an auction of artwork by local and national artists to raise funds to complete a utilities building.

The building will incorporate a teaching space for a more secular programme and the facility will also be made available for use by the community.

The Chandrakirti Art Auction will be held at Petite Fleur Restaurant at Seifrieds Winery in Appleby, with Nelson city councillor Matt Lawrey offering his time as MC and Jeremy Mathews as auctioneer. From each artwork sold, a percentage of the funds will go to the centre and the remainder to the artist.

"We have received approximately 25 donations of art to be auctioned, mainly from local artists," says auction organiser Ani Crummer. "The pieces range in value from about $50 to $6000."

Established Nelson artist Dean McCrae has donated a work titled Upper Moutere Old Kiln, which is valued at $6000.

McCrae worked more than three weeks fulltime to paint the large 1.75 metre by 0.85m work in oils.

"I just wanted to help a good cause and decided to use the old hop kiln in Upper Moutere as the subject because it is so close to the centre," says McCrae.

Artworks also include a coloured woodblock print by acclaimed artist Nigel Brown, a glass vase by internationally recognised glass artist Ola Hogland from Hogland Glassblowing Studio, ceramic wall pieces by Katie Gold, oamaru stone sculptures by Jane Newman and watercolours by Katy Sanson, Jane Smith and Lori Davis.

Other contributing artists include mural artist Chris Findlayson and clay artist-sculptor Darryl Frost.

One of the more unusual works in the auction, a mandala made from marble powder and water-based paint, is by Tenzin Thupwang who is the translator for Chandrakirti centre's resident teacher. Tenzin, a former monk, spent 13 years studying at the Dalai Lama's Namgyal Monastery in India, where he learnt the art of making sand mandalas. Tenzin was also among a group of monks that accompanied the Dalai Lama on numerous visits overseas to participate in presentations of the sand mandala.

Chandrakirti Art Auction, Petite Fleur Restaurant, Seifrieds Estate, March 1, 6pm. Tickets-information: www.chandrakirti.co.nz/index.php/artauction

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