Generous Artist donates bird to Waitohu School

Waitohu School children from left to right — Matthew Lochhead, Ella Carpenter, Noah Carpenter, Sophie Carpenter admiring bird sculpture by Donna Clarke

The children of Waitohu School had some good news when Donna Clarke, Kapiti sculpter, offered to donate a beautiful Oamaru stone bird (worth $300) as a raffle prize, with all proceeds to go to the school. The raffle draw will be made at the Heritage Arts & Crafts in the 21st Century, Easter Show at Trinity Farm, Waitohu Valley Road, Otaki. Part of the proceeds of the show will also go to the school, and parents, grandparents and staff will be the friendly faces manning the gate and sales table.

The show will be on every day over Easter from 10am – 4pm. The idea with the title of the show is to reveal how artists use old skills or old items to create art or functional pieces relevant to the modern day. Some 30 guest artists will be exhibiting their work in the beautiful heritage garden setting and in the character barn. All work will be for sale, displayed outside in a series of garden rooms with collections of different types of media such as pottery, stone sculpture, metal work, wood carving and mixed media.

This year there is more emphasis on craft work, with displays in the barn and many artists demonstrating how they create their work, which will include felting, flax weaving, spinning, quilting as well as creating mosaics, painting and clay sculpture. There will also be activities you can have a go at, such as throwing a pot on a wheel or colouring eggs which fits with an Easter theme.

See for more information on the show and the artist demonstration timetable. Refreshments will be available. Entry is $5, children 16 and under are free. Raffle tickets are available from Waitohu School or can be purchased on entry to the show.