Exhibition an opportunity for all

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The Art South Otago Awards Exhibition is on now.

Art South Otago president Beth Linklater said the exhibition had been running annually for 45 years.

“It’s a way for people to exhibit their artwork,” Mrs Linklater said.

The exhibition featured work from guest artist and judge painter Rachel Hirabayashi, of Cromwell, she said.

“A lot of us know Rachel’s work.”

There were also several other guest artists, including photographer Joanne McLeary, potter Pam Clement, jeweller Brittany Sue Mason and mosaic artist Kim Pitcher, Mrs Linklater said.

“There will be something for everyone.”

The exhibition and awards were a great way for artists to get involved with Art South Otago, she said.

“It’s for people of all ages. There is no limit.”

The exhibition also inspired artists, Mrs Linklater said.

“People get a lot from looking at other people’s work.”

It was also a place for new artists to start.

“A lot of artists that are just starting out would not be able to get their work into exhibitions in Dunedin or Invercargill. We try to include everyone.”

This year there were two new awards, she said.

One was the Awamangu Contracting Award for a rural-themed piece and the other was the O’Malley and Co Ltd Art Award for Art South Otago members.

For the first time, this year’s exhibition would include a shop, she said.

“It’s a way for artists to sell small unframed work.”

Committee member Irene Dinnissen said that when the awards exhibition started, it just included work from South Otago.

“Seventeen years ago, when Trustpower came on board as a sponsor, it was extended out to Southland and the rest of Otago,” Mrs Dinnissen said.The exhibition started today and will finish on October 31. It is open from 10am till 5pm at Creative Arts Centre, Balclutha.