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Art 2 Wear Over two consecutive evenings
during the Arrowtown Autumn Festival entrants
unleash their creative talent in the Wallace and
Gibbs Art 2 Wear competition.
The innovative event is much anticipated on the
festival calendar growing in popularity every year.
The competition sees imagination run riot and
practicality thrown out the window as all manner
of materials are crafted into wearable art. Iconic
entries from previous years will be displayed in
Arrowtown shops throughout April highlighting
the inspiration behind the contest.
"This year we have a new creative director for
Art 2 Wear, Peter Fletcher, who has revamped the
format from previous years to ensure we keep
the event fresh," says Festival Coordinator Toni
Stockham. Competition categories include - Four
Seasons in One Day, NZ Culture, Celebrations and
Hats Off to Arrowtown which is a new section this
"We introduced the hats section to cater for
people without the time or technical expertise to
create a whole outfit but who still want to enter
Toni says the judging panel is outstanding.
"Fashion designer and former Arrowtown local
Tamsin Cooper and Anna Deacon, a costume
designer who has worked on Lord of the Rings, are
joining us this year. The pair has plenty of creative
flair and design expertise which makes them ideal
for the role."
The entries will be on display at the Lakes District
Museum following the festival.
ART IN THE PARK
A highlight of the Arrowtown Autumn Festival
will be the Art in the Park which will involve two
artists over two lunchtimes creating large scale
artworks on Buckingham Green followed by a
charity auction of the work.
Richard Adams, who is providing musical
entertainment throughout festival week, is also
a well-known abstract artist and will create a
massive three metre by two metre canvas on
"His work will be inspired by the autumn scenes
he has observed while in Arrowtown," says
Festival Coordinator Toni Stockham. "He will
also run an abstract painting workshop during
As a contrast, floral artist Craig Thorburn, who
is an Ellerslie Flower Show gold medallist and a
columnist in NZ House and Garden, will create
an autumnal artistic floral display and hold a
workshop on floral art design.
"Craig will focus on pushing the boundaries from
traditional floral design to more contemporary
pieces. He uses foliage and fauna from the local
region to create themed art displays and his
work is well recognised throughout the country.
He has created displays at America's Cup events
and functions at Government House."
A classy take on a classic pub combination is the
focus of the Pie and Pint (April 27) which is a key
event during the Arrowtown Autumn Festival. The
craft beer festival presents beers from ten boutique
breweries from around New Zealand. The beers are
matched with miniature gourmet pies created by
local eateries with competition for the best pie and
"Pie and Pint was a festival hit last year. We are
again holding it on the Village Green and will close
the section of road from the Fork and Tap down
to Provisions café while it's on," says Festival
Coordinator Toni Stockham.
"Background musical entertainment will be provided
by local band The Hamiltones and Irish guitarist
Monty Bevan. There is even a corner for the kids with
a bouncy castle and face-painting."
Masterclasses will be held throughout the afternoon
in the neighbouring Masonic Lodge and among the
brewers leading the sessions is well known Richard
Emerson of Emerson's brewery.
"These classroom style sessions are designed to help
people learn more about their palates. The classes
include beer and whiskey matching and beer and
chocolate matching," says Toni.
She says the expansion of the Pie and Pint this year is
in response to increasing support for the event.
"It's a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon
savouring beer and enjoying local cuisine."
CHASING THE PIE AND PINT
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