Art from French tour in exhibition

Queenstown architect Ed Elliott's drawings of French architecture  are being exhibited in the St Peter's Anglican Church hall in Queenstown until Sunday. Photo by David Williams.
Queenstown architect Ed Elliott's drawings of French architecture are being exhibited in the St Peter's Anglican Church hall in Queenstown until Sunday. Photo by David Williams.

Queenstown architect Ed Elliott has turned a French drawing tour into an exhibition.

The exhibition is being held at the St Peter's Anglican Church hall, in Queenstown, until Sunday.

It features more than 30 of his works drawn, penned and painted during a holiday to France last year with friend and former Queenstown Lakes councillor Lou Alfeld.

''It's not a monetary thing,'' Mr Elliott told the Otago Daily Times.

''They're not for sale - it's just to see if there's interest.

''It's also there to try and encourage architects looking at great works. The only way to learn or know about them is [to] draw them.''

All the works were completed on the day they were started. Some took an hour, the longest took nine hours.

Mr Elliott said he was forced to seek shelter from rain, on occasion, which sometimes meant taking a pew in the cathedral he was drawing. Other times it involved finding a seat near a window at a cafe, he said.

''I might have had a beer or a French wine.''

david.williams@odt.co.nz