Artistic flair helps Plunket survive

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
timaru plunket art show brent harris marcia scott di hay
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CREATIVE CHARITY: Preparing for the 37th annual Plunket Art Show, from left, Aigantighe Art Gallery worker Brent Harris and committee members Marcia Scott and Di Hay display artwork that will help raise money for Plunket.

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Art from around New Zealand is continuing to raise money for Plunket in the Timaru District.

Preparations for opening night of the 37th annual Plunket Art Show are under way at the Aigantighe, with artwork from a range of New Zealand artists on display.

Chairwoman of the art show fundraising committee, Di Hay, said one of the most exciting aspects of the show was sourcing the new and current work, which was often "very sought after".

This year, 35 artists are exhibiting, with prices ranging from $50 to $5000.

The show is the second-biggest fundraiser for Plunket, after the national appeal, with money raised staying in the district.

The Mid and South Canterbury Plunket Committee identifies where the money would be best spent within the organisation. In the past, it has gone towards maintenance of the family centre and laptops for nurses.

Hay said she had been told by the Plunket committee that, without the art fundraiser, it would not sustain the Plunket service in the Timaru District.

Organisers hoped to raise between $15,000 and $25,000.

Hay said what made the show special was the support of the South Canterbury community.

"They understand the service and what young mothers and young families get out of Plunket."

There were still a "handful" of tickets left for opening night, but Hay said it was expected to be a sellout.

The exhibition will run for two weeks.

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- The Timaru Herald

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