Nationally renowned chainsaw artist Rob Bast to visit Wellington during event

ARTISTIC FLAIR: Kim Kiss and Lisa Thomas aim to make this years showcasing spectacular. Photo: FILE.
ARTISTIC FLAIR: Kim Kiss and Lisa Thomas aim to make this years showcasing spectacular. Photo: FILE.

Wellington's centrepiece arts and sculpture showcasing will be looking to expand this year, inviting artists from all across the Central West to put their creative best on display at the end of the month.

One of the major additions this year will be the hosting of nationally celebrated chainsaw artist Rob Bast, a sculptor whose elaborate, chainsaw hewed artworks were recently featured on Better Homes and Gardens.

Wellington Art's President Lisa Thomas says the event is always building to be better than the year before.

"Of course every year is fabulous, every year is bigger and better than the last," Ms Thomas said.

"We're always trying to resource something that's unique for our community, something that people can enjoy here in Wellington without having to travel hundreds of kilometres."

"People can have a bit of an expectation of what they'll get from Rob having seen his work already," Ms Thomas said.

"It's really incredible stuff, very finely crafted, it's not just tables and chairs and woodwork, it's beautiful sculptures."

"We're very happy to be featuring Rob."

Rob Bast

Rob Bast

While the event will begin in earnest on Saturday, August 31, Mr Bast's work will feature a live sculpture demonstration on Sunday, September 1 where two of the individual artworks created will be auctioned off.

"Those will be collector items, we're really hoping to see people take the opportunity, not just to have a look, but to get involved."

Ms Thomas also noted that the organisation was extending an invitation to the farmers of the region to get involved in order to set their minds at ease.

"It's always tough with the drought, and the impact that has on our society, so we want people to have a bit of fun."

"We're inviting the farmers to get on board as a stress reliever and give them a chance to take it on board and have some light relief and get away from the drudgery."

The event will begin on Saturday, August 31 at Hermitage Hill. "We're lucky to have a region that supports events like this."