Art-lovers flock to country exhibition

Waimumu Art chairwoman Debbie Smith (left) and guest artist Marie Reid-Beadle at this year's Waimumu Arts Exhibition last weekend.
Musician Layla Natalia Sudol played the harp during Mother’s Day at the Waimumu Art Exhibition.

ART and the sound of an angel filled the Waimumu Hall last Sunday as part of the Waimumu Art Exhibition.

To help celebrate Mother’s Day, Layla Natalia Sudol, of Dunedin, played her harp in the background while a steady stream of people admired the diverse range of art on display in the intimate country hall, just 10 minutes from Gore.

From textile works and quilts to painting, photography and sculpture, with pottery, ceramics, jewellery and upcycled metal, there was something for everyone at the popular exhibition.

Into its 11th season, this year proved as popular as ever with more than 90 artists exhibiting.

Waimumu Art chairwoman Debbie Smith said she was “so grateful for the public support, with fantastic numbers visiting”.

The artworks were judged by Jim Geddes, of the Eastern Southland Gallery, in Gore.

The VetSouth Excellence Award was awarded to Lynn Grace, of Invercargill, for her piece, Finding Turquoise.

The Gore RSA Merit Award went to Jan Hannah, of Krinkle Creations, Outram, for her Giant Dragonfly sculpture, and the Millennium Motors Gore Photography Award went to Leanne Fricker, of Gore, for Moeraki Boulder.

Guest artist Marie Reid-Beadle, of Owaka, said she had originally been invited to display her works in the 2020 exhibition, which had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

She said she was pleased to finally be a part of the exhibition.

“I am blown away… it is such a well run exhibition, affordable [to the public] and has a diverse range of works.”

Reid-Beadle said as well as showing at various art society competitions, her next exhibition was planned to be held at the Owaka Museum at the end of the year.

The exhibition also supported two charities, Heart Kids Southland and I Am Hope, with proceeds from the raffles.