Stone symposium on in early March
The 24th annual Matamata Sculpture Symposium at the Railside by the Green is planned from March 4 to 15.
The symposium attracts a mixture of sculptors with a wide range of experience who create artworks out of the Waikato’s own Hinuera stone.
The Railside by the Green is open to the public and people are able to interact with the sculptors while they work on their pieces.
Some carvers work their rocks with only hand tools, others are creating pieces with the use of power tools.
In 2013 sculptors are welcome to supply and use alternative sculpting medium.
The pieces created during the symposium will be for sale by auction on Saturday, March 16, at 11am on site.
A public viewing will be held at 5pm on Friday, March 15.
During the week people will be able to make silent bids on pieces they are interested in buying.
The symposium gives sculptors the opportunity to work on a large rock (up to one tonne).
A forklift is on site for shifting and placing the stones as needed.
This year the sculptors are also having the choice of smaller, easily moveable rock sizes. Smaller pieces caters for those who cannot accommodate huge artworks in their homes.
Anne de Silva, a founding member of the Matamata Sculpture Symposium, has put together photos and memories of the past 20 years and the book Matamata-Hinuera Stone Sculpture – 20 years was publicly launched three years ago.
Copies of the book will be for sale on site.
There are limited copies so be quick.
The information website, matamatasculptures.site90.net/ is a new website and in conjunction with the symposium will be running a weekend workshop for beginners on March 9 and 10 tutored by Tauranga sculptor Ashley Grant. Enrolments are welcome. Any inquiries can be made to Anthony on 888 9973.
To get the public engaged during the event people are being invited to vote for their favourite sculpture/sculptor on site.
The winner of this People’s Choice Award will be announced on the auction day.
Last year’s winning sculptor was artist Craig Jordan.
A restored World War II mosquito bomber plane stopped at Waharoa Airfield on Monday to the delight of those attending the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School. This was the last flight for pilot Keith Skilling. The mosquito will make its way to the United States where it will be stored with a number of other war planes.