Art week turns 25 and just as popular as ever
Landscape painting a ‘stand out’ winner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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.