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Selected paintings go on sale - Taupo District Council

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An eclectic selection of paintings from the Gilli Sutton collection is being released for sale by tender, with the proceeds to be used to support future young artists.

Gilli, a well-known and much-loved Taupō identity, was passionate about encouraging emerging painters, sculptors, poets and writers, many of whom owe their subsequent success to the encouragement and financial backing so generously given to them by her.

She amassed an extensive collection of works of art and has shared this passion through gifts to the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery, the Taupō District Council and to the Waitakaruru Arboretum Sculpture Gardens.

Brett Taylor’s magnificent "Heartland Taupō" sculpture beside the Museum, Robbie Graham’s imposing "The Crossing" on the Taupō lakefront and the Ora Garden of Well-Being at the Taupō Museum were made possible through Gilli’s philanthropic foresight ensuring a legacy to be enjoyed by future generations of art-lovers.

In keeping with her ideals, an eclectic collection of artworks from Gilli’s Estate will be for sale by tender at the Taupō Museum from 14 August to 20 September 2021.

Among the exhibits is a work by the sought-after artist Charles Barraud of Lake Taupō which will be auctioned separately at the Waikato Art Auction on 20 September.

The Friends of the Taupō Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting an opening function on Friday 13 August at 5.30pm. All proceeds will be invested and administered for the support of future young artists in the Taupō District.

The Museum and Art Gallery is open seven days from 10am to 4.30pm and entry is free to Taupō District residents with proof of address.

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