Otago Art Society president Jenny Longstaff, of Dunedin,
presents examples of the art to be displayed by society
members in the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown, from
Saturday. Photo by James Beech.
The oldest art society in New Zealand is preparing to
launch an exhibition in Arrowtown, its first there in living
The Otago Art Society presents original works in a dozen
mediums by 29 member artists from across the region in the
gallery of the Lakes District Museum from Saturday until
Society president Jenny Longstaff, of Dunedin, said on Friday
she originally made the gallery booking 12 months ago for her
However, she decided to expand her solo exhibition into a
show for the entire society when she became president late
The title of the exhibition, ''From City to Central'',
referenced the Dunedin-based society getting out of its
comfort zone of the Dunedin Railway Station to raise
awarenesss of what members do and to encourage new recruits,
Ms Longstaff said.
''It's high standard and quite different subject matter, from
realist to abstract. Some are landscapes and Arrowtown scenes
while some are overseas scenes.
''I left it up to the artists to decide what to put in.''
Among the names of note are printmaker Audrey Bascand,
photographer Matheson Beaumont and versatile artist Pauline
Works will be on sale for between $120 and $2200.