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This beautiful cello was handpainted by Hamilton artist Andrea Green and her granddaughter Jaimee McEwen to raise money for Sistema Waikato, a musical social development programme (for info go to:

It took the talented duo four months to create this musical masterpiece, which is being auctioned off to raise money for instruments for the children of Sistema Waikato.

Here is some of Andrea's story explaining the journey that crafting this artwork took her on....

When I was first asked if I would be interested in painting a cello my first thought was, can I do that well enough? Then I thought, if the people in Morrinsville can paint a cow then surely I can paint a Cello. When I found out the Cello would be auctioned to raise funds to purchase musical instruments for children through the Sistema Children’s Music Programme, I decided to take up the challenge.

I then thought about my granddaughter Jaimee and how talented she is artistically - wouldn’t that be such a cool idea to do this project together!

A basic design was drawn..the vines the leaves and flowers…and as we painted and created, the garden took on a life of its own, buzzing and humming with insects, vibrant and colourful and alive with butterflies and was several months later that we had created and completed together, a prolific Kiwiana Cello garden, alive with the music of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers!

What it became was a magical journey between a grandmother and a granddaughter…a journey of discovery, a treasury of experiences, a precious inter-generational warm bonding of togetherness.
Matching ideas, compromising expectations, and the satisfaction of sharing a mutual passion in creating. Communicating, listening, discussing design ideas and working together on a worthwhile project and learning new skills, each being delighted and surprised throughout the process as our garden blossomed into life. How important it is, the gift of time, spent between a grandparent and a grandchild!
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