Waimumu art show to wow

Waimumu Art chairwoman Debbie Smith holds the acrylic painting, Longdale Vineyard (left), by Christchurch artist Ira Mitchell, and her own Tour de Gore which will be on show at the Waimumu Art Exhibition next month.

THE Waimumu Art Exhibition is back.

Running during Mother’s Day weekend and beyond, the exhibition would include a diverse range of exhibits, including upcycled metal, textile works, quilts, paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewellery and ceramics from more than 90 mixed-media, emerging, established and local artists.

Waimumu Art chairwoman Debbie Smith said up to 900 people had previously attended the popular annual exhibition (except for last year, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns).

It was while Smith was studying art for leisure at the Southern Institute of Technology about 11 years ago when people were asking how they could get their art displayed which sparked the initial idea of a local exhibition.

“When we started, it was like a garage sale plus art… now we have more than 90 artists exhibiting this year.

“Throughout the years we have listened to the feedback, learnt and adapted,” she said.

“People say they love coming and it had been exciting to see the journey of many of the artists over the years.”

Held in the intimate rural Waimumu Te Tipua Hal and church, a 10-minute drive from Gore, most of the exhibitors were local artists, with the majority from Invercargill, Balclutha, Mataura, Dunedin and Owaka, while one artist was from Auckland and another from Christchurch.

Into its 11th season, Nature’s Installation was this year’s theme, with Marie Reid-Beadle the guest artist.

A self-taught artist and photographer, Reid-Beadle began her artistic journey about 16 years ago.

Although her style had evolved, she was well-known for her native bird and Highland cow series, especially her Balancing Act series.

As well as selling her works locally and internationally, Reid-Beadle had also won art awards, held children’s art classes and tutored at workshops.

Warm welcome
Known for its friendly, relaxed and warm atmosphere, everyone was welcome to the art exhibition which will run from Saturday, May 8, to Wednesday, May 12, with a special harp recital from University of Otago dental student Layla Natalia Sudol on the Sunday afternoon to mark Mother’s Day.

“With Sunday being Mother’s Day, we have a special gift for all those amazing people that are in our young people’s lives; you don’t have to be the biological mum to have an influence in our children’s lives. It is someone that goes out of their way to make life meaningful to others.”

As well as a wide range of quality works to see and buy, there would also be raffles, with the proceeds going to two charities, Heart Kids Southland and I am Hope.

Adding to the ambience, Devonshire teas would also be available, and a quilt display would be held in the nearby church opposite the hall.

  • Waimumu Art Exhibition, May 8-12, 10am-4pm daily. Waimumu Te Tipua Hall. Admission, $5, eftpos available.