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Wellington artists donate valuable pieces to charity auction

5 May 2014

Wellington artists donate valuable pieces to charity auction

Leading Wellington artists Grant Corbishley, Lorraine Rastorfer and Carolina Gartner are donating their exclusive artworks to help Skylight raise funds to support those experiencing grief, loss and trauma.

Lorraine Rastorfer, Senior Lecturer on the Bachelor of Creative Technologies course at Wellington Institute of Technology, and acclaimed New Zealand artist, has donated a beautiful piece Zwielicht (German; Twillight), from the Himmel Exhibition Series, exhibited at Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington in 2008. Himmel translates as heavens or sky in German.

Another beautiful artwork up for auction will be Drawing on copper plate (2014), donated by the artist Grant Corbishley. Grant is also a senior lecturer at the Wellington Institute of Technology and has lectured in critical studies, collaborative projects, and visual arts subjects. Grant enjoys generating creative learning environments to support student’s creative endeavours. Since 1986 Grant Corbishley has been involved in multi - discipline collaborative projects that have been exhibited in many countries. He has also had 15 solo shows in NZ, and internationally.

Both Lorraine and Grant exhibit extensively in New Zealand and internationally including Toronto, New York, Melbourne and Sydney. They are highly regarded by the art community and this is reflected in the numerous awards they have received and curated exhibitions where their work has been showcased.

We also have two stunning landscape artworks donated by local artist and Skylight Board member Carolina Gartner; Mana Island Sunset, and Reflection. Carolina works out of her studio in Moana Rd Plimmerton where she has a fabulous view of an ever-changing Mana Island. She has had exhibitions at the Thistle Hall (2011) and at Pataka in Porirua (2012); her paintings can be seen in the Plimmerton Residents Association website, they sell by direct commissions or via word-of-mouth, and they can be found in businesses and private homes in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the USA and in Chile.

Skylight is also incredibly grateful to The Flight Centre, KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, Mel Waite Photography, Mane Hair Salon, Sue Dasler Pottery, The Wellington Sevens, The Tall Blacks, and the Wellington Institute of TechnologySchool of Hospitality training restaurant, for donating items for auction.

Says Bice Awan, Chief Executive at Skylight, “We are thrilled that such highly regarded artists have donated their beautiful work to our organisation. These incredible works of art, along with the other generous donations to our auction will, we hope, help us to raise crucial funds to support the work we do”.

Skylight is a national not-for-profit organisation that supports over 16,000 people annually of all ages through difficult times of change, trauma, loss and grief, whatever the cause. Anyone interested in attending the charity dinner and fundraising auction on 22 May in Wellington can contact Skylight on 0800 299 100. For more information on the work we do and the support we offer, see our website


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