Successful weekend for Manapouri arts

Lynne Brumlik (left) with her work Cockie, which won the prize for Best Animal or Bird, with Manapouri Arts Group president Sally Shaw, during the Manapouri Arts Group exhibition last weekend.

THE Manapouri Arts Group’s 17th exhibition featured plenty of talent with 141 exhibits by local and guest artists.

Guest artist Wayne Egerton officially opened the exhibition on Friday night with the theme ‘Rural Reflections’.

Other invited guests artists were Marie Reid-Beadle, Lynn Grace, Angus Watson, Sarah McLean and Sheena Lassen, with genres including photography, pottery, wire sculpture and embroidery.

Also exhibiting were Manapouri Art Group members, Mararoa School pupils and works from local community art classes.

Manapouri Arts Group president Sally Shaw said: “We had a very successful weekend with over 1000 people through the door. The cancellation of the Show Car Show, due to Covid-19 level 2, did make a difference but we were still very happy with the attendance.”

There were 59 sales over the three days, with 32 of those from members of the Manapouri Arts Group.

Vintage tractors from Fiordland Vintage Machinery Club were on display and beer tasting was provided by Catlins Brewery on Saturday.

Te Anau artist Ruth Crouchley’s work, A Hard Day’s Night, won the Eagles Eagles and Redpath Best Overall Award and People’s Choice.

Other winners were: Fiordland Jet Highly Commended: Margaret Christie, Shepherds Team; Te Anau Kepler Lions Club Inc MAG Visual Arts Award: Pauline Nicholson, Casey; Te Anau Four Square Theme Award: Norma Parks, A Bygone Era; Northern Southland Vets Best Animal or Bird: Lynne Brumlik, Cockie.