Porirua artists of­fered the chance to go pub­lic

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRITTANY MANN

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.

Photo: BRITTANY MANN

Ex­hi­bi­tion­ists: Mana Arts So­ci­ety mem­ber Mag­gie Hazlewood, left and chair­per­son Jill Sut­ton, dis­play their paint­ings.

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