Artists aim to pass with fly­ing colours

Whanganui Chronicle - - 48 Hours/Arts - Liz Wylie liz.wylie@wan­ganuichron­i­cle.co.nz

A Whanganui artists’ col­lec­tive is hold­ing their end-of-year ex­hi­bi­tion Fly­ing Colours at Whanganui Arts Cen­tre on Taupo Quay.

The Op­tiv101 Stu­dio Artists present their per­sonal bests for 2018 and group mem­ber Aaron Po­taka said it was great fun hang­ing the works.

“They look great and it was ex­cit­ing to see ev­ery­one’s works for the first time.

“It is in­ter­est­ing to note that all the artists have gone for bright colours this year.”

The an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion for Op­tiv101 Fine Arts and Mul­ti­me­dia Stu­dios recog­nises the stu­dio artists and their work in the past 12 months, and one artist will be awarded the 2018 MVP (Most Valu­able Player) Cup.

Con­tention for the cup, said Po­taka, en­cour­ages artists to sub­mit works for the Hall of Fame por­traits ex­hi­bi­tion in Fe­bru­ary, and the Rally 2018 ex­hi­bi­tion in Au­gust.

“The em­pha­sis on MVP ex­hi­bi­tions is for the in­di­vid­ual artist to put for­ward their favourite works from the year.”

The 43 pieces in the show are mostly new works cre­ated es­pe­cially for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Con­tenders for the MVP cup are Neil Bud­dle, San­dra Brumby, Sean Ham­mond, Alice McDon­ald, Lind­say Marsh, Se­bas­tian Pini, Aaron Po­taka, Es­ther Topfer and 2017 cup holder Ewen Strat­ford.

“Ewen cu­rated a smart-look­ing group ex­hi­bi­tion mid-year and it has been a busy year for other mem­bers,” said Po­taka.

“Bernie Steyn is grap­pling with an il­lus­trat­ing com­mis­sion of 30 prints, while Es­ther Topfer re­turned from her work­ing so­journ to the United King­dom a new clar­ity and drive.

“Sean Ham­mond and Za­reena Stad­nik de­buted with the Op­tiv101 Hall of Fame in Fe­bru­ary and then crammed through their post-grad stud­ies and Katie Hedg­man-Dal­ton en­tered into the halls of academia with her first year into an arts de­gree pro­gramme, so will be on the bench for a while.”

New mem­ber San­dra Brumby is mak­ing her de­but in the Fly­ing Colours and

Po­taka said the group look for­ward to see­ing more of her work in 2019.

He said Op­tiv101 sched­ule three ex­hi­bi­tions each year and group mem­bers en­cour­age each other in re­al­is­ing the theme of each ex­hi­bi­tion, and the

qual­ity of pro­duc­tion in their works.

The Cel­e­brant - acrylic and enamel on can­vas by Es­ther Topfer.Fly­ing Colours: Wan­ganui Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre, 19 Taupo Quay. 10am to 4pm Mon­day toFri­day and 10am to 1pm on Satur­days un­til Novem­ber 15.

Aaron Po­taka’s acrylic on can­vas work Wairarapa Rac­ing Club Se­ries (Field of Five) #5 is one of the works in the Fly­ing Colours ex­hi­bi­tion.

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