Art Group Nelson member Manfred Sauck with his paintings of Punakaiki and Tahunanui back beach that he will exhibiting at the group’s annual art exhibition at Queens Gardens on January 20. Photo: Kate Russell.

Queens Gardens to come alive with art

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Queens Gardens is set to be transformed into an outdoor art gallery when Art Group Nelson holds its annual exhibition next Saturday.

The one-day-only event has been a Nelson institution for more than 30 years and around 50 exhibitors will be selling their original works – ranging from paintings to woodwork to garden art.

For member Manfred Sauck, it will be his first exhibition at the gardens. Manfred moved to New Zealand from Germany in 2000 and says, since he has retired, he has been able to spend more time on his art work.

He describes his paintings as “realistic” mixed medium, based on watercolour which he enhances with oil pastels.

He draws inspiration from photographs he takes of New Zealand and global landscapes – including many of the Nelson region.

“I want to capture nature as it is,” he says.

Manfred says the exhibition is the perfect way to showcase his work and he is also looking forward seeing other artists’ work.

Art Group Nelson holds two exhibitions each year – Queens Gardens in the summer and a winter exhibition at the Stoke Memorial Hall in June.

The Queens Gardens Art Exhibition is on Saturday, January 20, from 10am – 5pm. If wet, it will be held on Sunday 21 January.

For more information on Art Group Nelson or to join, come along to a meeting or contact president Lyn Broughton on 545 0500.