Artists all class at city exhibition

Art student Stephanie Evans stands with her work Purple Skies, which will be shown at the annual Classy art exhibition tomorrow.

“THE beauty of art is it gives you an opportunity to have a voice,” Classy Art exhibition organiser Michelle Dawson says.

The annual Classy art exhibition will open at the Southland Educational Association, in Invercargill, tomorrow.

About 80 artists would showcase their works which ranged from watercolour, acrylic, patchwork, photography and more, Dawson said.

‘‘Sometimes it’s hard to put your work out in the public arena but this exhibition makes it a little bit easier for our students.

“Some of the tutors will also have their art on display for students to see.”

The art exhibition helped encourage people from all walks of life to express themselves creatively, she said.

“It’s good to get some visibility for our students and to show the community their creativity.”

Art student Stephanie Evans said she had attended classes since 2016.

“From when I started up until now, it’s been amazing.”

One of her art pieces, Purple Skies, would feature in the exhibition.

Through the guidance of her watercolourist tutor Gina van Wichen, she had learned plenty in her classes, she said.

“Getting into painting, Gina would give us little lessons. My favourite watercolour technique is wet-into-wet but I enjoy showing people my art.”

Her class was filled with six others, she said.

“We are like a family because we all turn up week after week.”

At the art exhibition, Otautau illustrator Zerika van Jaarsveld would have a display on the day with her picture book, A Baa-rilliant Adventure.

The exhibition, at 100 Esk St, will run until Sunday.