Garden gathering for region's artists

Queen's Gardens hosts annual art exhibition

ADAM ROBERTS
Last updated 08:01 14/01/2013
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GET MY DRIFT: Artist Lyn Broughton with some of her driftwood art at the Art Group Nelson Queen's Garden exhibition.

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From driftwood fish and Nelson landscapes to carved wooden heads, a Nelson fair at the weekend had art of all shapes and sizes.

Art Group Nelson held its annual Summer exhibition at Queen's Gardens with 48 artists displaying their wares, including a few making their debut at the two-day show.

The event has been held for about 40 years, and is still popular with the public.

Group president Lyn Broughton said most of the artists made works for their own enjoyment, but a few made a living, or part of a living, from selling their works.

This year Mrs Broughton was selling a new range of art made using driftwood she had picked up while walking on Tahunanui Beach.

She had painted a variety of marine animals, including tuna and blue cod, on the driftwood, over a period of about two years.

"You have to wait until the little piece of driftwood tells you what should be on it."

Landscape painter Vivienne Chandler said the art show was a way to give those new to art a venue to display their work.

"It's quite a hard thing to put your work out there. We encourage everybody to have a go and exhibit."

It was always thrilling to sell a piece, particularly when it was to someone living overseas, and it also helped her continue her work, she said.

"For me, it's a hobby, and if I can sell it enables me to keep painting."

Being part of the group was a great way to get advice and training, and make friends in the local art scene, she said.

Painter and carver Allan Richardson had a series of characters he had carved out of wood, with whimsical names like "the Spiv" and "Chairman Mau".

The process took him a few hours each day, but required care, he said.

"Once you have cut it off you can't put it back."

He had been making art off and on for the last 30 years, beginning with painting and then moving on to wood-turning.

When he and his wife moved to a smaller house, he moved from wood-turning to carving due to the lack of space, he said.

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