While I took over 130 photos of the Three Churches Flower & Quilt Walk event, only two pictures per venue will appear in this post. I know some people can look at flowers for only so long while my enthusiasm knows no bounds.
The Union Church - Painted China and Floral Art
Jean Watt's display of painted china was very beautiful and impressive as were the flowers created by the Western Southland Floral Art group.
St Joseph's Catholic Church - Quilts
Judith Day and Vanya Bailey admiring the quilts.
New Life Church - Competition and non competition entries (flowers, vegetables, children's artwork, photography
Woodturning by Mike Broomhall.
Art entries from the Otautau School and Brownies were plentiful.
The Courthouse - Arts and Crafts
Hayley Lawn sits amongst her collection of handmade dolls. She has been refining her technique for six years. Every doll has strong visual appeal and unique character traits. I could've done portraits of each doll - they all seemed to have a story to tell. Hayley is available to teach people how to make dolls.
Also featured at the Courthouse were woodturning creations by Mike Broomhall, paintings and sculpture by Hayley Pienaar, photography by Kelly Cormack, handmade greeting cards by Samara Guttery, and the visual art of Quint Baker.
On the museum side of the Courthouse, the Brides of Otautau & Beyond display opened today. It features 16 wedding dresses of local women. There are three sets of mother and daughter dresses represented: Mary Smith and her daughter Heather Guise; Daphne Kennedy and her daughter Judy Gimblett; and Peggy Manson and her daughters Margaret and Sheila.
Shown above is Margaret James' dress which came all the way from Arrowtown where Margaret now resides.
Later in the afternoon, prizes were awarded - mostly to people who weren't there to accept them. But these two lucky young ladies got their pick of some neat offerings.
Local businesses such as Otautau Joinery, the Central Garage, Western Electrical and others furnished the prizes like this slow cooker from Western Electrical won by Betty Flett (right). Raewyn Black, a JP (left), was on hand for the prize-giving.
Faimie McGlen successfully organised the Three Churches event - her first time at such a big undertaking. The natural wonder of churches and the beauty of these handmade inspirations complement each other. We hope she will do it all again next year with a few more helping hands.