Weather was good, numbers were good and people enjoyed themselves at the Trinity Farm Arts and Crafts weekend over Easter. There was pottery, sculpture, ceramics, spinning, felting, mosaics, stained glass art, jewellery and traditional at Easter time, egg painting.
With 1400 pieces of work on display, to simply please the eye or to buy, there was something for the 700 visitors to enjoy. If any art or craft took your fancy from the 30 artists and craftspeople there was a demonstration to show you how. Karen Piercy the owner and architect of the event commented they were lucky with the weather. She noted that the biggest selling items were the bright red ceramic poppies which she thought was an indication of the 100 year anniversary of WWI this year. It was an interactive occasions where people could try their hand under the guidance of a practitioner.
With the exception of Good Friday and Easter Sunday visitors could buy plants or art over the weekend with some of the weekend proceeds to help out Waitohu School who manned the gate. “ Not only is this a fantastic show of art and craft from a very talented local group of artists but a fun and relatively low-key way of fundraising for our school”, said Shelly Warwick of the Home and School committee, “and we are lucky enough to have some wonderful parents who gave up a little of their long weekend to man the entry for this show. We are very grateful to Karen Piercy of Trinity Farm for the nearly $1,500 that she will donate to our school from the entry fees. This is much appreciated and will be put to good use towards educational and sporting experiences for Waitohu School children. We are equally thankful to Donna for her donation of a beautiful sculpture”.
A beautiful Oamaru Stone bird carving which artist Donna Clarke donated to the school was a fundraising raffle during the weekend. The school made $667 from this raffle. This is hugely generous of Donna, and the second time she has made this gesture of support to Waitohu School. This is an amazing donation to the school as Donna lives in Waikanae and has no children at the school. The raffle was won by Carol Branch of Levin.
People came from as far away as Hamilton and there were many visitors from Wellington and Kapiti Horowhenua. This successful event will be repeated next year and built on for a bigger and better Easter occasion.