Vis­it­ing artist wins award

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS BOULT

An artist ex­hibit­ing her work for the first time beat off a record num­ber of en­trants to win a Taranaki arts event.

Nour Has­san’s paint­ing, Beat, was judged the best among 87 mixed me­dia en­tries at Ha¯ wera’s Lysaght Watt Trust awards on May 3. The theme this year was ‘ris­ing’, and Has­san, of Auck­land, sub­mit­ted a pic­ture of a woman’s face com­ing out of the wa­ter.

‘‘I just drove down as I wanted to be part of my first ex­hi­bi­tion, so it feels pretty awe­some and re­ally sur­real to have won this,’’ she said. ‘‘I didn’t know I’d won it till I got here to­day.’’

She said the paint­ing was part of a se­ries and the in­spi­ra­tion came from her own re­la­tion­ship with wa­ter.

The awards have been run­ning since 2013 and Lysaght Watt Gallery chair­woman Lynne Walker said they usu­ally at­tracted around 70 en­tries. She put this year’s in­crease in num­bers down to the ‘ris­ing’ theme.

‘‘It’s a theme which ob­vi­ously ap­pealed to a wide range of peo­ple as we’ve had en­tries from Dunedin right through to North­land,’’ she said.

Judge Bill Mill­bank, from Whanganui, chose the win­ners of six cat­e­gories that in­cluded both 3D and 2D awards as well as best lo­cal artist award.

‘‘A good 20 or 30 of the works stood out al­most im­me­di­ately,’’ he said.

Re­sults: Over­all Win­ner Nour Has­san, Auck­land, Beat. Highly Com­mended 3D - Blue W, Dunedin, Re­pot­ted. Highly Com­mended 2D - Joon Hee Par, Auck­land - Sweet Dreams II. Com­mended 3D - Di West, North­land - Star Finder. Com­mended 2D - So­phie Pren­der­gast - Tran­si­tion. Lo­cal Artist - Jean Finer, Ha¯ wera - On, Up­ward Through the Herb­fields.

KRIS BOULT

Nour Has­san with her paint­ing, which won the Lysaght Watt Trust art award over all win­ner on May

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