Mixed media exhibition showcases environment

Fiordland Arts Society president Claire Maley-Shaw holds the adult section artist winner Paul Brimecombe's metal artwork at the Te Taio exhibition in Te Anau at the weekend.

MORE than 30 artworks from creatives within the Te Anau region were on display at the Fiordland Arts Society Hub at the weekend.

The mixed media art exhibition, Te Taio: the natural environment that surrounds us, featured a range of work which included photography, wood cut prints, oils, pottery and metal artwork.

It was a part of a range of free activities arranged by the Te Anau Waitangi Charitable Trust to commemorate Waitangi Day.

It was set up as an art competition which encouraged members of the community to enter four categories: preschool, primary, secondary or adult.

Fiordland Arts Society president Claire Maley-Shaw said the exhibition attracted about 180 visitors during the weekend.

“We want to use our hub for the community, so that has been good to see.”

The art society helped set up and look after the exhibition, she said.

“There has been a lot of mahi [work] but it has been nice to do it in partnership with the trust.”