Stu­dents keen to show off art

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Ti­maru art stu­dents have been busy putting the fin­ish­ing touches on some colour­ful work in the lead up to the an­nual Poly­chrome ex­hi­bi­tion which opened on Thurs­day at the Ai­gantighe Art Gallery.

Art tu­tor Mike Arm­strong said there had been an art school in Ti­maru for more than 100 years, and it had al­ways held an an­nual end-of-year show.

Arm­strong said a mix­ture of Ara stu­dents and Otago Poly­tech­nic stu­dents, from Lev­els 4, 5 and 6, would ex­hibit works in the show.

Paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­tures and dig­i­tal art­work were all on dis­play. ‘‘We’ve got a very nice range of work.’’

He said part of be­ing an artist was ex­hibit­ing, as it was a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

Level 4 cer­tifi­cate stu­dent Alysha Calder, 18, of Te­muka, had con­trib­uted 10 dif­fer­ent works to the show.

Calder said she had been look­ing for­ward to hav­ing her works hung in the gallery.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing, I’ve al­ways wanted to show my work off in a gallery.’’

Level 4 art and me­dia stu­dent Ruby Hur­tig, 18, en­joyed draw­ing and said she had been ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the show.

‘‘I like it be­cause it’s ba­si­cally what art is sup­posed to be - shown off for ev­ery­one to see.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Novem­ber 19.

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