By DAVID HILL
Floral art will be in the spotlight at Woodend next week.
The Woodend Spring Flower Show will be showcasing the best in floral art, with an exhibition by Floral Art North Canterbury (FANC) coinciding with the 84th annual show on Saturday, October 1.
For more than 40 years FANC members have met to learn new skills and come from all over Canterbury, from Christchurch to Waikari.
Several members have won national awards such as at the Ellerslie Flower Show and are nationally qualified teachers, judges and demonstrators who offer support to new people.
“When you start participating in floral art you seem to get new eyes. You see everything around you as potentially being part of the creative process,” committee member Heather Sibley says.
“There is a trend towards minimalist design and environmental art these days, using interesting natural components and plant material.”
The exhibition at the Woodend Spring Flower Show sees members competing for the Kath Lowe Cup to be “best in show”.
Entries are judged on a set of criteria including use of colour, expression, distinctiveness, originality and finish.
“Floral art is about design, not just flower arranging and the practice has evolved into an art form which is judged similar to many other well-known art forms,” Heather says.
“Competition sharpens creativity, however our club days are very relaxed and people can choose if they wish to compete, complete study units or just learn new skills to take home.”
As well as the flower show, the group is preparing for an event with Auckland guest designer Vanita Patel on November 23. To promote this, club members are making “Lonely Bouquet” posies which will be left in mystery locations around North Canterbury – “if you find one, you are free to take it home”, Heather says.
The Woodend Spring Flower Show is in its 84th year and has survived war, the depression and earthquakes.
This year the photography section has had a makeover, with new themes such as “A Magical Moment”, in a bid to attract new competitors.
Entry into the competition is free, with schedules available at Paws Vet Woodend, the Woodend Community Centre and Rangiora Library. Paws Vet Woodend is the major sponsor of the children’s colouring competition and entries can be downloaded from www.woodendspringflowershow.weebly.com and dropped into Paws Vet or posted. Entries will be displayed at the show along with daffodils, spring blooms, crafts and produce. The event is complemented with Devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle from Woodend Lions and a plant stall from Woodend Garden Club plus other craft stalls.
A children’s holiday craft class will be held on Wednesday, September 28, from 10am to 12pm, for $2 per child, to help create entries for the Woodend Spring Flower Show. Registration required, contact Kirstyn Barnett on 021-312230.