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.