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Almost ready to roll .Waimumu Art Exhibition committee members Wendy Shanks (left) and Jocelyn Miller ensure exhibits are displayed well.PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

It is a bit like Christmas for the Waimumu Art Exhibition committee as they busily unpack and display exhibits.

The exhibition’s opening is tonight and 140 guests are invited.

President Debbie Smith said that was a full house.

The exhibition opening would be, quite literally, a red-carpet event, she said.

Some artists returned annually.

“I think we’ve got six previous guest artists still exhibiting here.”

When setting up the exhibits, the committee liked to co-ordinate colours so that each piece was shown to its maximum advantage.

The artworks were diverse and ranged from paintings to wooden rocking horses.

This year there would also be an interactive art installation allowing visitors to add their touch.

Mrs Smith said she had been involved in the exhibitions since they started nine years ago.

She said the exhibitions gave artists a forum to display work and come together as well as giving the community a focal gathering point.

Experienced artists’ works were displayed beside works by those just starting out.

There was even a mother and daughter duo – Julie Duncan and her daughter Nicole Stewart – exhibiting.

“Which is quite cool.”


What you see ….Those attending the Waimumu Art Exhibition will be able to experience a 3-D optical illusion. President Debbie Smith said the committee wanted visitors to take a photo with the new illusion board. “Throughout history, curious minds have questioned why our eyes are so easily fooled by illusions,” Mrs Smith said. The committee thought it would be fun for people to experience the 3-D optical illusion. “Our minds tend to make assumptions about the world and what we think we see is often not the truth,” she said.