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.

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