Art week turns 25 and just as pop­u­lar as ever

Land­scape paint­ing a ‘stand out’ win­ner

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER By CHE BAKER

Af­ter 25 years the Wanaka Au­tumn Art School is still go­ing strong and reg­is­tra­tion for 2014 has opened for all dis­ci­plines. This year’s cour­ses in­clude writ­ing, paint­ing and draw­ing, pas­tels and con­tem­po­rary art, print mak­ing, photography, por­trai­ture, in­tro­duc­tory dig­i­tal, tex­tiles, book arts, cab­i­net mak­ing, up­hol­stery, singing, and fly ty­ing and fish­ing. School co-or­di­na­tor Robyn van Ree­nen said the school will run from April 28 to May 2 at the Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege cam­pus and at least 200 peo­ple from through­out the coun­try were ex­pected to at­tend. Spa­ces were fill­ing fast and about half of the spots al­ready taken. Tu­tors are also from through­out New Zealand as well as Jules and Ef­fin Older from San Fran­cisco and Kim Thit­tichai from Bri­tain. The school was es­tab­lished as a 1990 project and has gone from strengthto-strength ever since. It was well known for the cal­i­bre of the tu­tors and for be­ing a vi­brant and stim­u­lat­ing week. This year’s pro­gramme has been re­leased and those want­ing to take part are urged to reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble. For more in­for­ma­tion visit au­tumn artschool.net.nz or email Mrs Ree­nen on rvr@clean­green.co.nz. This year’s win­ning work in the As­pir­ing Art Prize awards was a ‘‘clear stand­out,’’ com­pe­ti­tion judges say. Judge Anita De Soto, of Port Chalmers, said she and fel­low judge John Toomer, of Dunedin, agreed very quickly on Bron­wyn Shim­min’s over­all win­ner, The Colour of Light. Shim­min, orig­i­nally from South Africa and now based in South Can­ter­bury, won $5000. Ms De Soto said the south­ern re­gion was well known for its land­scape paint­ing and it was great to see the land­scape fea­ture in the ex­hi­bi­tion in dif­fer­ent tech­niques. A to­tal of 73 en­tries were re­ceived. The run­ner-up, Ban­nock­burn’s Alan Waters, won $1000 for his wa­ter­colour But­ter­fly Ball. The $2000 best land­scape prize was awarded to Raquel Clarke,

Light of Queen­stown, for Blue­bon­nets with Joanna Nimmo, of Wanaka, run­ner-up with It is Gold. The best paint­ing for work un­der $1000 went to Nicky Gil­more, of Dunedin, for her paint­ing, Blue Lake.

Build­ing zone: The site near the Wanaka ma­rina where In­fin­ity In­vest­ment Group has un­veiled plans to build 44 lux­ury five-star apart­ments.

Quar­ter cen­tury suc­cess: Wanaka Au­tumn Art School co-or­di­na­tor Robyn van Ree­nen holds 25 years of brochures

for the school.

Top form: The win­ner of the $5000 As­pir­ing Art PrizeThe Colourof

by Bron­wyn Shim­min.

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