Symposium under way
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.