Art and about in Earnscleugh

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Hundreds enjoyed a weekend of art and entertainment at The Packing Shed in Earnscleugh last weekend.

Summer Arts @ The Packing Shed was run by the Central Otago Art Society and included working artists, an exhibition and art stalls.

Colour critters .. Enjoying the day at the Packing Shed are (back, from left) Avani Amira (12), of Taupo; sister and brother Jessie (6) and Max Tapperman (6), of Alexandra, and (front) siblings Lila (9), Sabine (6) and Kip Waghorn (3), of Christchurch. PHOTOS: SIMON HENDERSON

Queensberry artist Esther Dexter was one of the working artists at the event.

Crushed eggshell features in her paintings, a technique she learned during a sojourn to Vietnam.

The Vietnamese use a resin from local trees and eggshells to create layers and layers of lacquer to form a unique surface, Mrs Dexter said.

She has adapted the technique to use in her dramatic Central Otago landscapes.

“I use the eggshell to show the movement and energy of the land,” Mrs Dexter said.

“It pings and moves when you look at them.”

Her works are painted on board which she finds is a smoother surface and she is able to use her fingers as well as paintbrushes.

The works are a mixture of what Mrs Dexter sees from her studio window, plus inspiration from the region, including old buildings and views of the Clutha River and the Crown Range.

Her studio in Fay Lane, Queensberry, is on the The Central Otago Arts Trail.