Art-felt thanks to district
A Christchurch artist has given the Timaru District Council a painting to hang in its building as a gesture of thanks for its help during the Canterbury earthquakes.
The acrylic on canvas Kaiawhina was the only work Jane Zusters was able to rescue from her central Christchurch studio after the February 2011 earthquake.
Kaiawhina means helper in Maori, and Waiora,, the text featuring in the painting, means both healthy water and healthy people.
Zusters states: "As the painting was rescued so we need to protect our environment".
Timaru mayor Janie Annear said she was "absolutely thrilled with the wonderful gesture".
"It's incredibly generous," Mrs Annear said.
The artist has won many awards and residencies. Her work is found in numerous collections around the country, including Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery.
She has requested that the painting be returned to her if the council at any point no longer wants to keep it. Aigantighe director Dr Fiona Ciaran says this is a standard condition that artists sometimes choose to add to a gift.
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