If the shoe fits... Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre staff member Leonie Allen admires a colourful creation in the exhibition featuring shoes. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

The latest exhibition at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is proving popular with visitors, several pieces selling within days of the opening.

Fifty-five pieces, mainly oil and acrylic works, created by members of the Art for Leisure Group feature in the exhibition at the heritage centre in Mandeville.

Centre officer Bronwyn Cowles said the exhibition would run until July 8.

The exhibition follows Gore artist and tutor Julie Duncan’s successful display, which finished earlier this year, Mrs Cowles said.

The new exhibition was proving very popular with visitors, some of whom were keen to buy pieces.

The centre had decided to allow people who bought artworks to take them away immediately, instead of sending them to their new owners after the show finished, Mrs Cowles said.

This meant the centre did not have to bear the cost of packing and sending artworks nationally and overseas.

There were other pieces that could replace those that were sold, meaning repeat visitors would see new works.

“It just means people come back and the exhibition is a little bit different.”

There were a range of styles in the exhibition, she said.

“There’s quite a lot of acrylics and oils.”

Mrs Duncan, who is a group member and tutor, said the group was keen to display and sell works.

“The group are thrilled at the response and sales so far.”

Members were also grateful for the opportunity to display works and the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre was a credit to Gore, she said.

Replacing sold works with new ones meant there was always “something fresh to see”.

One of the paintings was sold to an Auckland buyer, she said.

Dab hands…Art for Liesure Group members busy at work. PHOTO: MAR GARET PHILLIPS
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