Com­pe­ti­tion fierce

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege’s cre­ative tal­ent are vy­ing for the chance to have their work fea­tured in the Mor­rinsville Arts Fes­ti­val.

Each year, art students at the col­lege com­pete for the Metso Art Award, with the win­ning en­try framed and hung in the Metso of­fices in Mata­mata.

How­ever, this year the win­ning art­work would also fea­ture in an ex­hi­bi­tion at Wal­lace Gallery, along with pre­vi­ous win­ners from the past 15 years.

Year 12 stu­dent Candice Herbst en­tered last year and said she wanted to try some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent this time around.

‘‘I saw a paint­ing by an artist, Robert Kush­ner, that I re­ally liked so I based mine on that,’’ she said.

‘‘I like his work, it’s real dif­fer­ent.’’

The 17-year-old spent close to 16 hours on the paint­ing and said it would be ‘‘real cool’’ to see it dis­played on the wall of a gallery.

‘‘I don’t have any ex­pec­ta­tions but I’m very happy with it.’’

Head of Art Tim Reed said the com­pe­ti­tion was a good op­por­tu­nity for the students to work on some­thing out­side of their school work.

This year there were 10 students en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, with both pho­to­graphs and paint­ings.

‘‘I think this is the strong­est year so far,’’ he said.

The art­works were meant to re­flect the New Zealand ex­pe­ri­ence and it was in­ter­est­ing to see dif­fer­ent students’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions, he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will open in Wal­lace Gallery on Au­gust 9 and run un­til Au­gust 21.

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