Art­works on show

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Hun­dreds of art­works were on dis­play at the 2018 ART Waikino on Labour Week­end.

Ti­rau painter Wilma Van Veen took on the 2018 Supreme Award and first prize in the Art cat­e­gory.

More awards in the art, pho­tog­ra­phy, hand­craft, sculp­ture and Ar­mistice 100 cat­e­gories were pre­sented dur­ing the open­ing night on Fri­day.

Stan­dards were high at the 2018 edi­tion of ART Waikino ex­hi­bi­tion.

This year the art on dis­play stepped up notch, with some im­pres­sive paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, hand­crafts and sculp­tures.

Artists were awarded dur­ing the open­ing night on Fri­day in the sev­eral cat­e­gories from paint­ing, pho­to­graphs, sculp­tures, hand­crafts and in the new Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial sec­tion.

ART Waikino con­venor He­len Wil­son an­nounced her re­tire­ment from run­ning the ex­hi­bi­tion and was ac­knowl­edged on stage by com­mit­tee mem­bers and the pub­lic.

Pho­tog­ra­phy judge An­nette John­ston, who could not at­tend the open­ing, said that she was im­pressed with the qual­ity of work this year.

"I have thor­oughly en­joyed look­ing at the images this year, in fact I think the stan­dard is some­what re­mark­able, and all the pho­tog­ra­phers are to be con­grat­u­lated," she said.

Katikati pho­tog­ra­pher Jo Bryant took both first and se­cond prizes with two of her pho­tos — The Vi­o­lin­ist and Gui­tar Man - in the ‘Peo­ple' cat­e­gory.

The judge found her monochrome pho­to­graph of a lit­tle boy play­ing vi­olin “sim­ple, un­der­stated but ut­terly com­pelling!”

Paeroa pho­tog­ra­pher Kathy Bland was awarded third prize in the same cat­e­gory for her pho­to­graph of a pi­lot en­ti­tled, Ready to roll.

Judge An­nette said her pic­ture is "un­com­pli­cated and sim­ple" show­ing "en­vi­ron­men­tal por­trai­ture at its best".

In the ‘Other' cat­e­gory, Tau­rangabased pho­tog­ra­pher Paula Peth­er­ick took first place with her still life com­po­si­tion en­ti­tled Manuka Na­tive Vase.

Se­cond place was Monique MacFar­lane with Birds on a wire, an im­age "filled with ten­sion and pho­to­graphic con­tra­dic­tions abound," said judge An­nette.

Third place in the same cat­e­gory went to Waihi pho­tog­ra­pher Vince Lowe with his nude en­ti­tled Some­thing Spe­cial.

"A com­bi­na­tion of shapes, curves and an­gles co­a­lesce seam­lessly in this rather com­pelling but modest nude," the judge said.

The Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial award went to Sally Thrush for Lone poppy, a tex­tile piece of art with col­lage and art judge Paula Mc­Neil said there was “beauty in the mes­sage” show­ing work­man­ship.

Dave Mangino took the Hand­craft award with his black bri­dle leather piece and Phillip Men­del was first in the Sculp­ture award for his wood work en­ti­tled, Maiden Head.

Judge Paula said she found the piece "in­ter­est­ing" and mak­ing good use of ma­te­ri­als.

PHOTO / ME­LANIE CAMOIN

Vis­i­tors dur­ing the open­ing night of Art Waikino.

PHO­TOS / ME­LANIE CAMOIN.

(Right): He­len Wil­son thanked on stage af­ter an­nounc­ing her re­tire­ment from run­ning ART Waikino.

Vis­i­tors look­ing at the pho­to­graphs dur­ing the open­ing night.

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