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A QUEENSTOWN-born artist is organising an art show to benefit the local Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Professional artist and tutor Ira Mitchell (above) has pulled together 20 works for the fundraising exhibition, which will open at the park at 5pm tomorrow and run till October 11.

Mitchell, who happens to be the sister of the Labour Party’s candidate for Southland, Jon Mitchell, says it’s come about through her mentoring of resort brother and sister Sam and Jessica Staples.

She’s been teaching them about art and business as part of her training to be a certified National Geographic educator.

‘‘It’s the culmination of a year for them, and it’s their first showing, so we figured it would be good to do that and help the park at the same time.’’

Wakatipu High pupil Sam, 15, will be exhibiting photos he’s taken at the park, while older sister Jessica, 18, who’s on a gap year, will be showing her drawings, paintings and photos of the park’s flora and fauna.

Also exhibiting are local artist Simon Morrison-Deaker, who’ll be showcasing his paintings of native species, artist and Queenstown Arts Centre manager Andie King, Czech-born Christchurch landscape painter Kasia Wiercińska, and Mitchell herself, who’ll be showing her paintings of native species and landscapes.

Mitchell, who’s currently studying towards a Master of Creative Practice at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, will be painting onsite throughout the week, and holding animal drawing lessons for $10 an hour.

The exhibition’s being sponsored by Baxter Design Group.

●  Register for Sunday’s free opening here.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz