Art alive and well

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South Alive community co-ordinator Nikki Aaron holds three of the awards for the South of the Tracks ahead of the exhibition opening last weekend.

TWO winners were unveiled at the fourth annual South Alive South of the Tracks exhibition opening on Saturday, with another to be announced after August 30.

The overall winner was Georgia Awatea Wahitapu Jones, with a blue biro pen self-portrait, Ko Nga Pukanoki O Te Wairua (The eyes are the windows to the soul). Runner-up was Steve Boyd with an acrylic, Texaco Dodge

The People’s Choice winner would be named at the end of the exhibition, South Alive community co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said.

The competition was open to all residents in the 9812 post code with an open theme, as the intention was to showcase different styles of art from as many south Invercargill artists as possible.

South Alive art committee volunteer Elaine Matheson said landscapes, birds, automobiles, felted scarves, a self-portrait and steampunk/apocalyptic art was the result.

A wide range of mediums including photographs, watercolours, glass mosaics, oil and acrylic paintings and collage were entered, with the youngest exhibitor aged 3 1/5 to the oldest in the 70-plus age group, she said. South of the Tracks exhibition at the South Alive Community Artspace in the South City Mall will run until Wednesday, August 30, 10am-2pm, weekdays.

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