Artistic talents on show
It’s a hectic time for members of Mana Arts Society as they rush to get both their work and premises ready for the upcoming spring exhibition.
The group, which comprises about 60 members, hold two big exhibitions each year, in spring and autumn ( at Easter).
Their building, next to the Plimmerton Domain car park near Palmers Garden Centre, will be full-to-bursting with creative talent this weekend as more than 60 pieces are put up for sale.
‘‘The criteria is that they [the works] need to be new. It’s good for everyone to get fresh stuff out,’’ committee member Denise Farrell says.
‘‘Some people might have three or four pieces, some will just have a single work on display.
‘‘It’s a busy time, but very exciting.’’
There will be a lot of local scenes on display, but also plenty of variety, Ms Farrell says. Oils, watercolours, acrylic and even mixed media are among the styles employed.
Prices range from $50 to $400 and there is no ‘‘learners’ dabble’’, Ms Farrell insists. Works are professionally framed and presented.
The exhibition is also a chance to entice new members to Mana Arts Society, especially the younger generation.
‘‘ We just want people to come and see where we are and what we’re about. The facility we have here is very good and it’s a positive atmos- phere for everyone involved. It’s for people who want to learn to paint but don’t know where to start.’’
The group was started in 1982 by local artist Tui McLauchlan and first began meeting in people’s homes. A number of clubrooms followed before they settled in their current building.
The society meets every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10am. Stuart Nicol runs a Friday sketch group and there is life drawing class on Thursday evenings. There are teaching sessions with experienced artists.
The exhibition runs from 10am till 4.30pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. While there is no eftpos available, cheques and
deposits are accepted.
For more information call Denise Farrell on 233 2014 or Stuart Nicol on 233 6626.
Fine art: The top works from Mana Art Society members will be available to buy this weekend, including this Titahi Bay scene by Maggie Hazlewood, proudly shown by society committee members Denise Farrell, left, and Denny Evison.