Gallery rated highly in guide

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The Eastern Southland Gallery has once again landed a mention in the Lonely Planet’s 18 best free things to do in New Zealand’s South Island.
This time the gallery came in at second place, gallery curator Jim Geddes said.
Mr Geddes was expecting visitor numbers to increase this summer in response to the pleasing listing.
The gallery had been featured several times in the past in the Lonely Planet’s top listing.
The ranking often depended on the reviewer and what exhibitions were being held at the gallery at the time the review was being carried out, Mr Geddes said.
The Lonely Planet reviewer said the gallery was fondly known as the ‘‘Goreggenheim’’.
‘‘This outstanding art gallery occupies the old public library in the unassuming rural town of Gore,’’ the review says.
‘‘Highlights include works by Ralph Hotere, a Mao ri artist famed for his poetic ‘‘black’’ series, while the John Money Collection combines indigenous folk art from West Africa and Australia with works by New Zealander Rita Angus.’’
Number one on the list isCanterbury Museum and number three is Victorian Precinct Oamaru.