Timaru Rocks Painting Picnic a hit

28 February 2017
Roselyn Fauth

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Aigantighe Sculpture Garden become a hub of Timaru Rockers who laid out the picnic blankets and came together for a free rock painting picnic. Launched in January, Local artist and president of the Friends of the Aigantighe, Roselyn Fauth, decided to throw a party to celebrate 1000 member milestone in just over a month since the Facebook Group began. 
The Aigantighe Art Gallery helped to host the event, where 750 people attended. The Aigantighe, among other organisations donated prize rocks, which are continuing to be hidden in the gallery gardens. The prizes are mostly paints, brushes, varnishes and perminant markers to enable people to make more rocks.

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"It was so wonderful to see our community of artists, parents, children from all kinds of background come together and paint in the sun." Mrs Fauth said.
"We had a few different styles for people to try, UV Neon rocks, Dinosaur Eggs using Resene Crackle Medium, we had artist giving folks tips and lots of volunteers on hand to ensure that everyone had a great time."

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“We are so pleased to hold the event at the Aigantighe Sculpture Garden, it is the perfect venue for this sort of event. And it helps to help spread the word that even through the historic house is currently closed, the sculpture garden and the modern extension are still open.” Mrs Fauth said.

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After the event, the left over materials donated by Todd Mudie, New love Browing, Cloake Creative and Resene have been used to create two community rock boxes containing everything you need to create your own masterpieces. They are ideal for groups and schools and can be borrowed from the group through the facebook page.

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"We had a fantastic time, everyone was really chilled out, and we are really greatful to manager of the Aigantighe Cara Fitzgerald and her team for all their support planning and hosting the event, it is a great example of the community and council working together" Mrs Fauth said.