ARTIST: Pam Mossman displays her work at the Pop-up Art Gallery on The Strand. File photo D7478-12

OHOPE artist and sculptor Pam Mossman says being invited to exhibit her art at New Zealand’s premier garden event was a nerve-wracking experience, but a rewarding one.

She and her daughter, ceramics artist Virginia McNeil, exhibited their work at the five-day New Zealand Flower and Garden Show at The Trusts Arena in Henderson, Auckland earlier this month.

Pam says she was invited to attend the show by the event director Kate Hillier.

“I had had my hydrangeas for sale at the Kings College Art Show, the director had seen them there and thought that they would be a great fit for the flower and garden show, which was absolutely fantastic. But because it was very short notice I said ‘I don’t know if I could fill a whole stand’.

“I’d just had two shows and I was a bit empty-shelved. But I said if my daughter, who does these magnificent tiki with flower halos, could come with me and share the stand, we could probably do it.”

It became something of a family project when her other daughter, who lives in Auckland, came and helped run the stand.She said the event was incredibly busy. “We had one miserable day. But you know what? Gardeners are hardy people. There were still thousands of people out.

“It was a very exciting thing to go and do. I was pretty nervous, because I had no idea what we were going to, but everyone was so friendly and so lovely.

“This lady kept coming to my stand and saying, “oh, I love what you’ve done” and buying my art. I didn’t realise until the last day that she was the director of the show, Kate Hillier, as we had only communicated by email previously.”

They were lucky enough to be allocated a stall next door to the Gold Award winning garden of this year’s show, by Jules Moore from JM Landscapes.

“Everybody came down that row to look at the gold medal winner and we were right next door, so we got a lot of foot traffic. Also, you got quite friendly with the people around you after five days, and at the end of the show, I was able to buy discount plants from the gold medal winner. So every little nook and cranny was packed full on the trip home.”

Pam says her ceramic hydrangeas, foxgloves and distinctive heads with floral headdresses are suited to indoor or outdoor settings.

At the moment she and Virginia have items for sale at the pop-up art gallery at 92 The Strand, Whakatane in the former Navy and Coral store and some of her bigger pieces are available at 4 Art Sake in Ohope.