Timaru art exhibition continues without opening event

The South Canterbury Art Society’s annual exhibition and art awards take place this year at the Aigantighe Timaru Art Gallery – with a slight difference.

Due to Covid Alert Level 2 restrictions, Friday’s usual opening night has been canceled, with the Alpine Energy Art Awards judging being filmed on Thursday night.

“The video will be played on a loop throughout the show,” said South Canterbury Arts Society President Sue Connolly.

The art prizes cover a range of categories: oils, acrylics, watercolors, works on paper, screen prints, 3D sculpture, mixed media and miniatures.

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“We have category winners, but there is no overall prize,” Connolly said.

A special prize selected from all nominations would be chosen and the company’s godmother, Nancy Ven Den Broeke, would also present a special prize.

South Canterbury Art Society President Sue Connolly admires works in Marie McMullan's exhibition, The Kings Court (left) and Anne Lambourne's seahorse, Angus.

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South Canterbury Art Society President Sue Connolly admires works in Marie McMullan’s exhibition, The Kings Court (left) and Anne Lambourne’s seahorse, Angus.

Over 200 nominations were received for the annual exhibition.

“They’re probably a bit ahead of the previous years,” Connolly said.

“There is a huge cross section. Part of our role is to encourage people to show off their work and make it less intimidating.

“We have professionals selling their work all over the country to newbies. “

While setting up the exhibit, Lynda Fowler, left, accepts a painting, The Seeker, by artist Jack Iffla.

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While setting up the exhibit, Lynda Fowler, left, accepts a painting, The Seeker, by artist Jack Iffla.

Tuesday was the “reception day” during which all entries to the exhibition were unpacked at the gallery. The staff of the Aigantighe gallery would then decide how to exhibit the works.

“They are looking for a global effect, it is an absolute skill. They get the best out of the works.

Works by three guest artists were featured in the exhibit, painter Sue Tivez, Fairlie, Vicky King, a linen weaver by Timaru and Wire Oaks Tree Design by Ashburton.

The exhibition opens on Saturday noon. Connolly said it would last three weeks at the regular hours at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.


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