Sym­po­sium un­der way

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Artists from as far as Pa­pakura and Pic­ton are in town this week for the 24th an­nual Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium.

The two-week event started at Rail­side by the Green on Mon­day and will wrap up with an auc­tion this Satur­day.

Cu­ri­ous tourists and passersby are wel­come to stop and talk to the artists as they work on their pieces.

Mata­mata painter Anne de Silva said she takes up the chal­lenge of work­ing with stone once ev­ery year.

‘‘I may have been a lit­tle am­bi­tious with my sculp­ture this year,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not sure if I will have time to fin­ish it but I will keep work­ing away and, if I need to, I can work on it more next year.

‘‘I mostly come to work with the other artists.’’

This is the first time artists have been al­lowed to use a medium other than Hin­uera stone and one sculp­tor from Pic­ton is us­ing na­tive wood.

There are 15 artists in­volved this year, with most coming from Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

A pub­lic view­ing of the fin­ished pieces will be held this Fri­day evening and peo­ple will be in­vited to vote for their favourite piece for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

Last year’s win­ner was Mata­mata artist Craig Jor­dan.

Pieces will be auc­tioned at the Rail­side Green this Satur­day from 11am.

Work in progress: Mata­mata artist Anne de Silva has a way to go with her piece.

Tak­ing shape: Tau­rangabased sculp­tor Ash­ley Grant chis­els away at his sculp­ture.

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