Some of the award winners with Judge Mark Moran and
Queenstown Art Society president Sue Wademan. From left:
Spike Wademan, Rachael Errington, Hamish McBride, Mark
Moran, Sue Wademan, Stacy Coburn, Karyn Hitchman and Sunhee
Shin. Photos by Christina McDonald.
Having taken artistic inspiration from a photo of her
niece and subsequently winning a top award for the painting,
Karyn Hitchman plans to use the $2500 prize money to visit her
niece in Australia.
At the Queenstown Art Society Locations Art Awards on Friday
Ms Hitchman won the Best Artwork of the Exhibition award for
her painting titled Ebony.
Ms Hitchman described herself as a "very active member" of
the Queenstown Art Society, although she had not been
expecting to win the best artwork award.
Artist Karyn Hitchman with the two paintings she submitted
in the Queenstown Art Society Art Awards. The top painting
was judged Best Artwork of the Exhibition.
The painting of her niece, who lives in Perth, Australia,
was inspired by a photo Ms Hitchman saw online and felt
compelled to paint.
"It just looked really moody and I thought I would like to
A total of 47 artists, primarily from the Wakatipu but also
from as far afield as Dunedin and Invercargill, submitted 104
pieces of art.
Other award winners were best contemporary, Ro Bradshaw; best
traditional, Spike Wademan; highly commended, Christine
O'Conner; highly commended, Sunhee Shin; commended local
artist. Hamish McBride; commended local artist, Rachael
Errington; youth award, Zac Imhoof; most "out there" artwork,
The artworks were judged by Mark Moran, who is the founding
director of Queenstown gallery Toi o Tahuna.
The exhibition will be on show at the Queenstown Arts Centre
in Ballarat St until December 2.