Talented pupils exhibit

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VIBRANT colours cover the South Alive Artspace walls in the South City Mall.
Twenty-one pieces of art, including watercolours, pencil drawings and framed carved necklaces from senior and junior pupils at Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, Aurora and Verdon colleges, are on display as part of the Secondary School Art Exhibition 2016.
Although the exhibition was open to all Invercargill secondary school pupils, it was coincidental the three schools represented were from South Invercargill, South Alive manager Cress Evans said.
‘‘It has been a great way to celebrate the talents of kids in South Invercargill.’’
Ms Evans said the exhibition was proving to be extremely popular, with some of the art works already sold.
‘‘We have had so many people through.’’
Artspace art curator Marion Manley said it was exciting to see the calibre of the works and many pupils who had viewed the works had been inspired.
‘‘There are a few artists of the future on show,’’ she said.
Mrs Manley said many children who had seen the exhibition had said ‘‘many wonderful things about it’’.
Some of the feedback included: ‘‘I’m going to school next year and I want my pictures in here’’, ‘‘my sister’s picture is in here’’ and ‘‘one of the best exhibitions you’ve had’’.
As part of the exhibition there would also be a people’s choice award at the conclusion and it was hoped the event would become an annual fixture, Ms Evans said.
‘‘Based on the success of the exhibition — already there are 190 votes in the people’s choice box — we’d like to repeat it next year. We would like to encourage more secondary school pupils’ art in [the gallery].’’
Í Secondary School Art Exhibition 2016, South Alive Artspace, until Saturday, June 11. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm.

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