Arts so­ci­ety show near­ing

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

Mata­mata artists will fea­ture along­side artists from across Waikato, Coro­man­del and the Bay of Plenty at the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts ex­hi­bi­tion next weekend.

The an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes a range of me­dia, in­clud­ing paint­ing, pot­tery, fab­ric art and wood­craft.

Painter Anne Hodge will be show­ing a piece of work for the first time at the ex­hi­bi­tion and said it was a chance to learn from other artists.

‘‘It’s a shar­ing of ideas and look­ing at where peo­ple are at and ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent things,’’ she said.

Ms Hodge has been paint­ing for 15 years.

Arts pres­i­dent Mar­garet Dwyer said the show­case was a chance for lo­cals to check out some art – or buy some­thing for their own col­lec­tion.

Artists from across the Waikato and fur­ther afield were in­vited to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion. En­tries in the ‘‘paint­ings of na­ture’’ con­test will be on dis­play and judged by well-known Ti­rau artist Heather Leonard.

Mata­mata and Firth Pri­mary Schools, Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate and Mata­mata Col­lege have been in­vited to dis­play stu­dents’ work in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Mata­mata Cam­era Club mem­bers and guest artists from Whanga­mata, Tau­ranga, Huntly, Cam­bridge and Hamil­ton will also have work fea­tured.

‘‘There is some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy,’’ said Mrs Dwyer.

Any­one is in­vited to at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing at Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 11 from 7.30pm.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 13 from 10am till 4pm. Ad­mis­sion is $5, stu­dents free. The so­ci­ety would like to thank the Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Scheme for its sup­port.

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