Emerg­ing artists steal the show

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Tawa pain­ter Gerda Smit will take part in the New Zealand Art Show for the fifth time when the coun­try’s largest an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion be­gins next week.

Smit’s en­tries this year are bold and bright, de­pict­ing flow­ers and Porirua’s iconic boat­sheds.

She said paint­ing is what gets her out of bed ev­ery morn­ing, be­ing af­flicted with symp­toms of chronic fa­tigue syn­drome. Smith said ME/CFS had even be­come a gift, giv­ing her the time to paint.

In re­cent years she has shown her work at var­i­ous exhibitions and gal­leries, and at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. She also tu­tors evening classes at Tawa Col­lege.

The New Zealand Art Show in­tro­duces emerg­ing artists to the pub­lic and is an op­por­tu­nity to sell their work at af­ford­able prices – be­tween $50 and $5000. It will show­case nearly 3000 pieces by 419 artists.

This year’s event is on from Au­gust 2 to 5 at the TSB Arena in Welling­ton. It will pro­vide more con­tem­po­rary art works in a wider range of me­dia than in past years, said se­lec­tion panel con­venor Lynne San­dri.

“This is con­sis­tent with the trend to­wards artists ex­per­i­ment­ing and push­ing the bound­aries of their me­dia.”

All art ac­cepted for the show must be orig­i­nal and from New Zealand artists or artists liv­ing in New Zealand. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a full list of ex­hibit­ing artists, visit the web-

site: artshow.co.nz.

The New Zealand Art Show, gala evening (sold out) Au­gust 2, 10am till 7.30pm Au­gust 3-4, 10am till 6pm Au­gust 5. Tick­ets $10, con­ces­sions $7, chil­dren 12 years and un­der free. To pre-pur­chase, email tick­ets@artshow.co.nz. Door sales are also avail­able.

Vi­brant: One of the pieces by Tawa artist Gerda Smit on sale at the New Zealand Art Show, which opens to the pub­lic on Au­gust 3.

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