Creative Sparks students and MP for Selwyn Amy Adams with the art piece they collectively created

Pride of place

by Ann van Engelen

A piece of art created by pupils at Creative Sparks in Darfield has found a new home, hanging in Selwyn MP Amy Adams’ office where it is admired by staff and visitors alike.

“I was on the lookout for a new piece of artwork to brighten up the walls in my electorate office and my staff members and I saw the picture of The Dot Tree in The Record, and we were very excited,” says Amy.

“A number of things about the painting appealed to me, including the bright colours. I especially liked the fact that it was a collaborative work created by art students from Creative Sparks of all different ages — from age four up to 70, I understand. For me, the artwork encapsulates the individuality of each of the contributing artists and the tree also shows how we are all connected as a community, living and growing together. It was fantastic to meet many of the young artists involved in creating The Dot Tree, along with their parents and tutor Vicky, when I hosted them at my office last week so they could see their artwork taking pride of place on my office wall.”

Creative Sparks manager Vicky Peacock says she encourages students to personalise each piece of work so individual personalities can shine through.

The Dot Tree was part of the exhibition Creative Sparks held at the Selwyn Gallery in August. The piece was inspired by the book The Dot, by Peter H Reynolds.