Waikaka exhibition keeps organisers busy

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Sneak peak... Waikaka Arts and Crafts annual exhibition secretary Frances Calvert shows off oil paintings by Christchurch artist Livia Davis. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Preparing for a show is itself a fine art, according to Waikaka Arts and Crafts Exhibition secretary Frances Calvert .

“It’s a fun week setting up,” Mrs Calvert said.

After 20 years of practice, she was able to set up the annual event in less than four days, she said.

However, with at least 360 works from more than 70 artists to process for Friday’s 44th exhibition opening, it was still a big job.

Mrs Calvert and other Waikaka Arts organisers unpacked the pieces and arranged them into displays.

“It’s a team effort.”

The position of each work was carefully considered.

“If we can get them to catch the light, they’re lovely. We make it work.”

The exhibition, held in the Waikaka Centennial Hall, will open on Friday and close the following Thursday.

It will showcase a variety of different mediums by artists from a range of places.

Oil paintings from Christchurch and ceramics from Balclutha feature among the work that has travelled to reach the exhibition.

Creations from closer to home will also be shown.

These include bird-feeders made by Gore’s Kim Pitcher and rocks painted by Waikaka’s Lora King (12).

Photography will also be on show.

Award-winning photographer Jackie Ranken is this year’s guest artist and will also give a talk at Friday’s opening in the evening.

Ranken is travelling to Waikaka from her Twizel home especially to attend the event.

Sculpture, jewellery, glassware and even furniture will also be displayed as part of this year’s exhibition.

Artwork was for sale but people were also welcome to come just for for a look, Mrs Calvert said.

“I’d encourage people to come because there’s such a wide variety.”

It was good to give creatives a chance to share their work, she said.

Although not an artist herself, like many she was an art appreciator.

“I marvel at it. I sit there and this ‘How do they even think it?’.”

It was her appreciation for arts and crafts that kept her coming back each year, she said