By MATTHEW MCKEW
Old snowboards are being given a new lease of life as canvases for artists to get creative with and raise money for charity.
For a third year running, NZ Shred has teamed up with the Queenstown Arts Centre to display boards in a six-day exhibition.
This year the exhibition’s got a new name – AboveBoard – as a nod to Queenstown being able to rise above the problems Covid-19 is bringing to the region, NZ Shred co-owner Jase John says.
Open till Tuesday, the exhibition’s donation-based, and all proceeds go to community support centre Happiness House.
John: “The government told all of us to have a holiday for six to eight weeks, but they [Happiness House] were still working, helping people out.”
On Friday night there was an evening with the artists, with sponsors Gibbston Valley Winery and Altitude Brewing laying on drinks.
The sponsors picked a winner, arts centre manager Andie King will picked her favourite and then there’ll be a public choice award given out at the end of the exhibition.
John: “It’s an opportunity for people to present a skill that they have, that you just otherwise potentially don’t see … they may otherwise never put a piece of art into an exhibition or art gallery.
“It’s a magic moment when you stand in there and you have a look at someone standing in front of their piece of work on the wall and are chuffed with it.”
The exhibition runs till Tuesday at the arts centre, on lower Stanley Street.