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Artists of Southland Annual Art Exhibition co-organiser Alice Pottinger with her still life on glass, Many Pears.

THE Artists of Southland collective is hosting its Annual Art Exhibition at the Tuatapere RSA Hall next month.

Exhibition co-organiser Alice Pottinger said the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year had “created opportunities for artists to create more art”.

After the lockdown, a lot of members seemed more enthusiastic to create and connect, she said.

“People are really wanting to connect, especially after the lockdown.”

Although the ongoing after-effects and changes in alert levels had seemed to “askew” time and events, making people feel slightly disorientated, it had also resulted in “creating a closer artist community”.

“There has been more communication between us, and more people took part in the recent artist’s retreat at Borland Lodge.

“We had a great turnout with 25 people… double what we normally have.”

Pottinger said the number of exhibitors and artworks at this year’s exhibition would be “on par with last year” with about 20 artists from throughout Southland exhibiting a diverse range of artworks.

All the artists were members of the collective.

Some would be well-known, such as Leone Mason, Wayne Edgerton, Lynn Grace, Pottinger and Barry Saich, as well as some up-and-coming artists, and some who had only recently taken up a paint brush.

All the works would be new, with a lot of the art having been created at member retreats and during lockdown.

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

The collective had grown from about seven to about 120 members of all ages, from beginners to professionals and well-established artists.

“Any medium… any type of visual art…”

As well as the opportunity to view the art at the exhibition, visitors 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 reasonable”.

  • Artists of Southland Annual Art Exhibition, Tuatapere RSA Hall, Opening night, Friday, October 16, 7pm. Exhibition October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 10am-3pm. Free entry.
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