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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Bees are bringing in money, not just the honey at Lake Hawea.

The busy little insects have been the subject of a fundraiser at Central Art Space where the method of etching was used to create a collaborative artwork featuring bees.

An online auction of the art work, titled Bee Kind, raised $175 for the Cancer Society last weekend.

The creation was the work of adult students who were taking part in a two-day dry point etching workshop in which they crafted their own stencilled image of a bee, using perspex, etching tools and ink.

Central Art Space owner/manager and teacher Jenny Sutherland said the end result was a collection of “beautiful little plates”.

“As a practice tool that was great, but I thought maybe we could do something paying it forward. A bee is very much a collaborative animal – it works together for the better of the hive and so I asked the artists who were present at the weekend if they would contribute a piece,” she said.

The artists agreed.

Their finished product is a single A2 sized artwork featuring nine bees by nine artists.

Mrs Sutherland said the project was not just about raising money, but also making the artists feel confident about their work and helping them understand how they could work together.

“It wasn’t really about making money – that was a bonus for the Cancer Society – but it was about being part of a collaboration.”

Artwork did not have to be one person’s effort, or just one single creation, she said.

“It doesn’t have to be this massive piece of work to pull off something that is of a beautiful quality.”

Mrs Sutherland opened the doors to her studio a year ago, where she teaches art in a range of mediums.

Her students range in age, from young children through to adults.