Buyers keen on Waimarino Art - bidding fierce
A Raetihi artist is the premier winner at the 2017 Waimarino Art Awards.
Ray Woodhouse secured the top prize of $1750 with his 3D creation, ‘‘Light Flight.’’
The 3D category has already become very popular after being added to the awards for the first time last year.
There were over 250 entrants competing in a range of categories.
Coordinator Juliet Corowa said it was nice to see the winning piece was created by a local person.
‘‘The winners of the sections thoroughly deserved to win but it must have been hard to choose the high quality art.
‘‘The judges were surprised each time. It was quite a beautiful time to be a part of it and the judges didn’t know the location of the entrants.
‘‘It was nice to see how many of the winning pieces were local.’’
The judges were impressed with the high number of entries
‘‘Taumarunui artist James Cannon wins Best Entry from Ruapehu for Rongo (Manu-pakau) at the 2017 Waimarino Art Awards.’’
from children which was the highest in recent years.
Corowa said many schools got involved and produced a lot of amazing art.
Children from Didi Chapman’s after school pottery group in Taupo took the judges by surprise.
The high quality of the work had them scratching their heads trying to find a winner.
Instead, the judges decided to award the whole group with the Junior Artist Award 10-13yr old in the Highly Commended section.
‘‘Unfortunately some of it got broken but you could still see the detail and the skill and some of them are only six-years-old.
‘‘That’s what we want to see is them coming through the ranks.’’
Most of the art work has been sold but Corowas said it was humorous seeing many people trying to out bid each other.
Corowa said a stand out piece was from a young artist who made her piece from glass.
Jasmine Baume won $50 in the Junior Artist Award 5-9 year old, Mixed Media section for ‘‘My Little Fairy Village.’’
‘‘The overall quality of entries was extremely high.
‘‘Anyone who missed out did themselves a disservice.’’
Taumarunui artist James Cannon wins Best Entry from Ruapehu.