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Artistic investment . . . Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival chairman John Rule (left) and Alpine Energy corporate services manager Michael Boorer with some of the artworks Alpine has purchased over the last 20 years. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

An important milestone for Alpine Energy and the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival will be recognised at this year’s event.

The 2017 festival will be the 20th consecutive year South Canterbury community-owned and operated lines company Alpine Energy has supported the event through its sponsorship programme.

In recognition of the long-standing association, Alpine Energy is displaying the 20 pieces of art bought over its 20-year sponsorship of the community event.

The festival, being held from November 16 to 19, features live music, two market days and an art and photography exhibition.

“We’re just so appreciative of the assistance we get.” – John Rule

Alpine Energy corporate services manager Michael Boorer said the longevity of the sponsorship was a testament to the fabulous work of the Geraldine community, which had grown the event into a nationally regarded festival.

“The 20-year anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the community-owned artwork. The pieces are part of Alpine and the festival’s history.”

The 20 works of art will join the 100-plus pieces on display at the Geraldine Primary School Hall.

Festival chairman John Rule said without sponsorship, the event would not be the success it was today.

“We’re just so appreciative of the assistance we get. If it wasn’t for Alpine’s support, I strongly believe the art and photographic aspect of the event would not happen, or would struggle to be the success it currently is.”

Over the past five years, Alpine Energy has given close to $2million to the South Canterbury community through its sponsorship and personal development programmes.