Judge Judy has delivered her verdict. And now the United
States reality television celebrity is planning to have some
Otago artists framed.
Judge Judy Sheindlin splashed out more than $5000 on art
during a visit to Dunedin last week.
She paid $3500 for Farmhouse Central Otago, by
Queenstown artist Sun Shee Shin, $1090 for Dunedin artist
Craig Freeborn's Hyde Street Series No 7 acrylic
painting and $750 for Window of Summer, by Gaye
McElroy, of Invercargill, at the Otago Art Society Hope and
Son Art Awards on Friday.
''She turned up unannounced on Friday and the staff conducted
her on a tour around the exhibition. Then she had a bit of a
splurge,'' Otago Art Society president Jenny Longstaff said
''Everyone here was buzzing. She spent more than $5000 on
three paintings, which we'll be freighting over to her. She
can have them after the exhibition is over.''
Judge Sheindlin (71) hosts arbitration-based reality court
show Judge Judy, in which the retired Manhattan Family
Court judge adjudicates on real-life small claims disputes
within a simulated courtroom set. The programme premiered in
1996 and now commands a daily audience of between 9 million
and 10 million viewers in the United States.
Dunedin artist Craig Freeborn said he was ''amazed'' to have
such a high-profile admirer.
''I'm pretty stoked,'' he said yesterday.
''I went in on Saturday and they said that my work had
already sold. I usually try to find out who buys my work, for
my records, so I asked them and they said: 'Actually, it was
''I couldn't believe it. I was very surprised.''
The 2014 Hope and Sons Art Awards are on at the Art Station
until June 1.