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Nelsonians show their appreciation for art by fundraising more than $70,000

Art lovers of Nelson have shown their support for the region's much-loved gallery by fundraising $70,600 at an event.

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Art lovers of Nelson have shown their support for the region’s much-loved gallery by fundraising $70,600 at an event.

A fundraiser for one of Nelson’s much loved galleries has come up trumps, showing the region’s passion for art is alive and well.

The Sutter Art Gallery’s Mid-winter Spectacular fundraising event, raised a staggering $70,600, which “exceeded our expectations”, Sutter Art Gallery director Julie Catchpole said.

“Which was really wonderful.”

The raised money is earmarked for obtaining permanent art for the gallery’s collection, which is continually extended and built on.

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Catchpole said the mantra in collecting artwork was for it to be “locally relevant and nationally significant”.

“That means that it will have meaning to people here, or created by an artist in the region or inspired by the region.”

She said a good example of permanent pieces the gallery owned included prolific New Zealand artists Bill Hammond and Rita Angus.

Hammond’s All along the Heaphy Highway piece, acquired by The Suter, is not only exhibited in the gallery, but is also recreated on the pocket park wall by Elma Turner Library.

“He’s a very important artist on the national stage but that particular work has a story that connects very much to this region.”

The Sutter Art Gallery director Julie Catchpole says the raised funds will enable the gallery to permanent artworks on its wish list, but how many pieces was unknown.

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The Sutter Art Gallery director Julie Catchpole says the raised funds will enable the gallery to permanent artworks on its wish list, but how many pieces was unknown.

Angus’ The Apple Pickers, is owned by The Suter, and will be on display later this year in a Rita Angus exhibition, Catchpole said.

“That’s an important work in her career, and it also tells a story from this region. It’s got our skyline as the backdrop; and the group of people pictured in it, you’ll still find groups of people from all round the world involved in fruit picking.

“Those are the sort of artworks that a fundraiser like this enables us to buy.”

But she said how many pieces more than $70,000 would buy was unknown.

“It could buy one, or it could buy several.”

Bill Hammond's All Along the Heaphy Highway on the Elma Turner Library in Halifax St, is an example of an original artwork the gallery owns bought by fundraising.

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Bill Hammond’s All Along the Heaphy Highway on the Elma Turner Library in Halifax St, is an example of an original artwork the gallery owns bought by fundraising.

The support for the event held at Hopgoods Restaurant was extraordinary, she said.

“A huge thank you to everyone that donated work and put their hands in their wallets. We had some incredibly generous donations to make the auction possible.”

In 2019 the gallery celebrated a milestone of 120 years.

Nelson artist and The Bishop Sutter Trust chair Craig Potton is also on the acquisition committee, sourcing art. He said there was a long “wish list” of art the money could go towards.

While the ratepayers funded the gallery, he said the actual collection of art was funded by “people who care about art in Nelson”.

“Specific art loving people of Nelson, and beyond Nelson.”

The fundraising evening not only had people digging deep, but also brought out those who had art to offer the gallery.

The fundraiser evening had punters “bidding very spiritedly to buy artwork auctions and packages”, Potton said, but also after the, some offered works by Barraud, Gully and Woollaston asking if The Suter would be interested in taking them.

He said gifted works of art made up a small portion of the collection.

“The art world is a tremendously generous world.”

Artworks by renowned artists such as Karl Maughan, Michael Dell, Sir Grahame Sydney, Robin Slow, and Joe Sheehan wereed off fine wines, designer bags alongside, and experience packages at the fundraiser.

Guests dined on a specially designed menu by top chef Kevin Hopgood and his team.

A Karl Maughan artwork sold for $35,500.

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