Diversity on show at Riversdale

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Riversdale Arts Emerging Artist winner Gemma Baldock, of Invercargill, alongside her mixed media/original collage artwork Burning Horse.

ARTIST Gemma Baldock, of Invercargill, was named Riversdale Arts Emerging Artist at the opening of the Riversdale Arts 46th Mixed Media Arts Exhibition last Friday.

More than 450 diverse works of art from artists from throughout the country are on display at the exhibition which runs until Sunday, July 28.

Baldock’s (24) mixed media/original collage Burning Horsewas chosen because it told a story, arts president Kerryn Miller said.

In the style of traditional folk art, it was created with layered papers, stuck together… and it was the artwork the judges kept going back to, she said.

Jim and Marcella Geddes, from Eastern Southland Gallery, selected the 10 Emerging Artists finalists from 23 entries by Southland-based artists or residents under the age of 25 for the award.

Ranging in age from 16 to 24, the emerging artists came from throughout the province including Te Anau, Gorge Road, Woodlands, Invercargill, Otautau, Gore and Winton.

“Riversdale Arts is delighted to be able to promote art by the youth of Southland at our exhibition.”

Judge and artist Janet de Wagt, of Dunedin, choose Baby Kakahu (small cloak), made from acrylic and cotton yarn, and chicken feathers, by Helen Wilson, of Balfour, as the Best Member Exhibit.

Guest artist Ben Foster, of Kaikoura, was “an internationally recognised artist in high demand”, Mrs Miller said.

“His unique sculptures capture the essence of native wildlife and mountainous landscapes of his surrounds. We are privileged to have a piece of his sculptural work on display” referring to his eight-piece aluminium, bronze and waterborne automotive paint sculpture Fear Diminishing (2019)of whales.

Riversdale Arts 46th Mixed Media Arts Exhibition, open daily from 11am-3pm until Sunday, July 28, Riversdale

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