Art collective to show diverse range of talent

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Artists of Southland members Lynn Grace holding her artwork Daises in Leaf and Alice Pottinger with Peace On Earth #4, and Mondriane Meets Pollack in the background.

DIVERSITY is the key theme at this year’s Artists of Southland Annual Art Exhibition being held at the Tuatapere RSA Hall next week.

Exhibition organiser Lynn Grace said about 22 artists from throughout Southland would be exhibiting a “diverse” range of artworks.

All the artists were members of the collective.

Some would be well-known artists such as Leone Mason, Peter Walker and Wayne Edgerton, as well as some “up and coming” artists, and some who had only recently taken up a paint brush.

Grace estimated 99% would be new works, with a lot of the art having been created at member retreats throughout the year.

The informal collective was originally set up with the aim of getting more recognition for southern artists, member Alice Pottinger said.

“At the time, (about seven years ago), artists were not as recognised down here.”

Now the group had about 120 members of all ages, from beginners to professionals and well-established artists, she said.

“Any medium… any type of art…”

Grace said some of the more unusual or unexpected artworks had previously included designer chairs and artwork on bust forms.

As well as the opportunity to view the diverse range of art at the exhibition, people would also have the chance to meet some of the artists and discuss their work, as well as watch some of the artists paint on-site.

All of the art would be for sale.

Because the exhibition was made up from the members, “commission isn’t built in, which allows pieces to be really reasonable”, she said.

“The event was very much a credit to the members and volunteers, some who were staying in Tuatapere all weekend at their own costs.”

The exhibition will run from Friday, October 18, until Sunday, October 20. The opening night on Friday will begin at 7pm, with Saturday open from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 10am to 3pm. No entry fee.

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