Trio apply their art so others may benefit
Three artists, inspired by New Zealand nature, are using their talents to give back to the community.
Queenstown-based artists Emma Butler, Rachael Errington and Ra Churchin celebrated the opening of their joint exhibition, Coloured by Nature, at City Gallery in Invercargill last night.
Ten per cent of the proceeds of every painting sold during the exhibition will be donated to hospice.
The trio decided to do this as they had all experienced the wonderful service hospice offered to friends and family, Errington said.
Despite the sadness associated with hospice, the artists were determined to make the show a happy one, she said.
"We wanted to make it a joyful thing to come and enjoy the paintings."
The result is a colourful, nature-themed exhibition, highlighting the different but complementary art styles of the three women.
Errington's work often depicts groups of trees in varying lights, Butler presents imaginative landscapes featuring a little girl called Ruby, while Churchin has produced a series of native New Zealand birds.
All three hail from overseas - Butler and Errington from the United Kingdom and Churchin from Australia - and had been influenced by the wildlife they've witnessed while living in New Zealand.
The views around Queenstown changed constantly but were all beautiful, Churchin said.
"[The nature] is probably one of the reasons why we're all in New Zealand. You get spoilt by it here," Errington said.
Coloured by Nature runs at City Gallery until November 20.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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