Hold-all ex­hi­bi­tion draws 400 peo­ple


More than 400 peo­ple last week vis­ited a two-day ex­hi­bi­tion of the Motueka Arts Coun­cil’s win­ter com­pe­ti­tion en­tries.

Com­pe­ti­tion-ex­hi­bi­tion coordinator Shirley Wal­lace said she was pleased with the turnout. A sur­vey of at­ten­dees revealed ‘‘all very pos­i­tive’’ feed­back.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at Motueka Me­mo­rial Hall last Fri­day and Satur­day was a dis­play of a record 140 en­tries that the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted this year, its fifth year.

‘‘It was de­light­ful to see some schools take ad­van­tage of the ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing on a Fri­day.’’

Shirley Wal­lace

‘‘It was de­light­ful to see some schools take ad­van­tage of the ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing on a Fri­day,’’ Wal­lace said.

The 2017 com­pe­ti­tion to ‘‘Make a Hold-All’’ drew en­tries cre­ated from a di­verse range of medi­ums in­clud­ing pot­tery, wood­work, a gourd, flax, cane and bra cups.

There were four classes of com­pe­ti­tion: cre­ated with fi­bre and/or yarn; cre­ated with fabric; us­ing ma­te­ri­als from the earth or made by a per­son aged 16 or un­der us­ing any ma­te­rial. As well as a win­ner, each class had a prize for the most in­no­va­tive hold-all. There was also an award for the best hold-all over­all and the best lo­cal exhibit.

Wal­lace said the team hoped to hold a win­ter com­pe­ti­tion again next year.

Cher­rie Mitchell, of Blen­heim, won the cre­ated with any fi­bre and/or yarn class as well as the most-in­no­va­tive prize for that class. Her wool felted en­try, Stumped, also went on to get the nod for Best Over­all Hold-All.

The award for best lo­cal exhibit went to Crafty Tarts, of Motueka, for their en­try, Pick a Pocket.


For the Love of Beads by Sharon Kennedy, of Motueka, won the cre­ated with fabric class.

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