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Where the Wild Things Are

Despite the beautiful weather, it’s raining cats and dogs at Flametree Art Garden & Gallery this month, not to mention donkeys, birds, goats and elephants.
The theme for February is Wild Thing, with a selection of New Zealand contemporary artists submitting work with an animal theme. Voted People’s Favourite at the recent Sculpture on Shore event for his life-sized elephant, Central North Island driftwood artist Jack Marsden-Mayer is conjuring up a life-sized goat for the show. Jack selects sea-bleached native hardwoods from the coast to make his outdoor artworks, each one filled with unique personality.
Te Awamutu- based artist Fleur Benn will show a selection of her whimsical, finely drawn animal portraits on board – bold, cartoonish and with a
contemporary spin.
Waikato-based illustrator Lara Josei-Bryers includes a framed series of watercolour miniatures of some of her favourite animals – exotic and domestic. There’s even a 1m tall elephant’s head made from chicken wire by Rebekah Dellar.
Also outdoors is new work from veteran South Island sculptor Ian Lamont. Ian is famous for his wild and curvaceous interpretation of the NZ cabbage tree. His rusty steel trees have been sent all over the world in his long career, direct from the West Coast of the South Island where he finds his inspiration. Ian’s newest work at Flametree is a towering 3m tall, ready to add instant personality to a native or sub-tropical landscape.

Flametree Art Garden & Gallery: 16a O’Brien Road, Coatesville.
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Phone: 09 414 7433,
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by Channel Editorial