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A chance to share... Southern Institute Gore Campus art tutor Julie Duncan will be the guest artist at this year's Wai kaka Arts and Crafts Exhibition, where she will show five of her paintings. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

BY MARGARET PHILLIPS

Gore artist and tutor Julie Duncan is to be the guest artist at the Waikaka Arts and Crafts 40th anniversary exhibition.

Exhibition secretary Frances Calvert said Duncan would open the show and have five works on display.

“I’m pleased to be asked, I look at it as an honour,” Duncan said.

Duncan would speak at the opening night on November 11, alongside the group’s founding president Pip Macauley and Margaret Bryant, the first treasurer, who is also a life member.

They would share memories of the group’s early days, Mrs Calvert said.

Mrs Bryant was treasurer for 32 years, she said.

“We are pleased to have Viv Tamblyn, a former committee member, exhibiting with us this year.”

“Originally she was going to display three of her Hokonui Fashion Awards winning garments but now she has decided to sell one,” she said.

The items were originally going to be display items only, Mrs Calvert said.

Two awards, best local exhibit and best overall exhibit, will be presented on opening night. Wood was a popular medium this year, with willow, rimu, macrocarpa, mahogany, walnut, chalk-washed furniture, walking sticks, children’s toys and cheese boards all featuring, she said.

Opening night is November 11, starting at 7.30pm. The exhibition runs from November 12-17 from 1pm-5pm, with a late night on November 16, 1pm-8.30pm.