Porirua artists offered the chance to go public
Mana Arts Society is hoping for a big turnout over Queen’s Birthday Weekend for its first exhibition of the year. It was an opportunity for members to expose their work to the community, chairwoman Jill Sutton said.
Some of the society’s 90 members had artworks in exhibitions around Porirua, but for others it was their only opportunity to showcase their work publicly.
‘‘Often you’re working on your own and you might show friends and family, but showing your work to the public, you’re putting yourself out there.’’
Many members have been working towards the exhibition all year. Each was allowed to submit up to three works.
Sutton was expecting between 70 and 100 works to be submitted, ranging from traditional to modern styles. A range of media styles will be used, including acrylics, oils and watercolours. Most paintings would sell from about $200. ‘‘If somebody sells who didn’t expect to, they’re over the moon,’’ Sutton said.
Last year, the three-day exhibition received about 400 visitors.
In the past, exhibitions have inspired others to join the society.
‘‘Sometimes people are worried they have to be really experienced artists, but they can be complete beginners – there’s always someone here to help out,’’ member Maggie Hazlewood said.
It is Sutton’s first time organising the biannual event, which has been running for more than 10 years.
The exhibition will be at the Mana Arts Society clubrooms at the Plimmerton Domain from May 31 till June 2, 10am till 4pm.
Exhibitionists: Mana Arts Society member Maggie Hazlewood, left and chairperson Jill Sutton, display their paintings.