Forty to fifty would-be patrons attended a Gala dinner held at Amisfield Winery, a hugely successful event held specifically to support the Caselberg Trust.
Hosted and organised by Nadene Milne of the Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown and supported by New Zealand/New York artist Max Gimblett, the event showcased a print created exclusively for the Caselberg Trust, as a fund-raiser, by Max Gimblett. Amisfield Winery and Bistro supported the event with stunning food and Amisfield-produced wine.
Poet Michael Harlow, inaugural Caselberg Resident, talked about the importance of residencies, such as the Caselberg, to give much-needed time and space to writers and artists. He also read some of his stunning poems, captivating the audience. Surprisingly, then, Max Gimblett stood up and delighted the room with details and stories about his work and life in New York and his on-going love affair with his country of origin, New Zealand. Finally, at the end of the evening, Dame Gillian Whitehead, composer, and Patron of the Trust spoke about the importance of supporting the Arts as well as what came to be the obvious, if unintended theme of the event – generosity of spirit.
It was a remarkable event and a wonderful fund-raiser for the Trust . That generosity of spirit over the course of the evening was truly palpable.
Our huge thanks go also to NZ printmaker Denise Copland, Caselberg Trust member, who initiated the project and who worked tirelessly across the miles liasing with Max and finally printing his limited edition of 30 images at her Otago Peninsula Studio, Cordyline Press Workshop and Studio. A number of the prints are still available for purchase through the Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown.