Buy­ers keen on Waimarino Art - bid­ding fierce

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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