DHS stages exhibition
Artistic talent from past and present Dunstan High School students and teachers will be on display at a special exhibition during the school’s 50th Jubilee celebrations next weekend. The exhibition, Celebrating the Art of Students and Teachers at Dunstan Past and Present, will showcase the different art styles students from the school have produced in the past 50 years. Central Otago Arts Trust coordinator Maxine Williams said ‘‘Dunstan has produced some amazing artists over the years and this a great time to see their work put together. ‘‘A lot of people would have known talented artists at school and now they will be able to see recent work,’’ she said. Year 13 student Ged Finch, 18, is using the exhibition to showcase his own unique diorama artwork for the first time. Inspired by movies such as The Lord of the Rings, Troy and Star Wars, Ged recreates scenes from polystyrene and foam card. His artwork, which he has been producing since the age of 12, captured the attention of New Zealanders in a Trade Me auction last year. An auction for one of his works attracted more than 50,000 views and hundreds of comments. Next year he plans to move to Wellington to study industrial design and his ambition was to work for Weta Workshop, which worked on the LOTR’s trilogy. The exhibition will be held in the DHS drama suite during the three days the jubilee was being held and all works would be for sale. Exhibition committee member Pip Pedofsky said part of the proceeds from work that sold would go towards installing seating in the school’s gymnasium.
Inspired work: Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Maxine Williams and Dunstan High School head boy Ged Finch take a closer look at Ged’s diorama artworkThe BlackGate. The piece will be a part of the Celebrating the Art of Students and Teachers at Dunstan Past and Present exhibition during the DHS 50th Jubilee next weekend.