Art in a abundance

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By AMANDA BOWES

The five star garden of Flaxmere, near Hawarden, will once again be transformed into the the largest art exhibition held in the South Island – Art in a Garden.

About 100 artists from across New Zealand will exhibit their at the annual exhibition, with sculptures set throughout the awesome gardens.

Paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glass and prints are exhibited in a specially converted historic barn and all items are for sale.

Art in a Garden fosters creativity for artists and is a “must see exhibition, a must do event in a garden like no other,” say the organisers.

Combining art with a Garden of National Significance, gives the public an opportunity to wander through different areas of formal and informal plantings – woodlands, native areas, roses and rhododendrons, taking in the sights of the near by Southern Alps and the out door exhibits – some which are massive installations.

Twenty new artists are featured this year including Donna Marie Patterson, Tayanna Meharry, Kate Fitzharris and Shane Woolridge.

The Flaxmere Gardens were established 45 years ago on a sheep and beef farm and designed to frame the nearby mountains, creating a sense of tranquility with a series of ponds. The garden evolves all year with the changes of season and is in tune with the terraced river bed country.

The exhibition raises funds for the Cancer Society and the St John Amuri and is run by rural people, sharing what they have, collaborating with artists and connecting them with the public. Art in a Garden is a true outdoor experience for the senses, with live music, picnic lunches, sweet treats, good coffee and local wines.

Live music this year is provided by Lonesome Sue aka Leigh Wilson, Doc Sanchez, The Lost Circus, Funky Hot Mammas unplugged and Davey Backyard.

The exhibition starts on Thursday October 27 and runs to Sunday October 30. The gates open from 10am to 5pm each day. For more information go to Facebook and Instagram or visit www.artinagarden.co.nz to buy tickets online.