Central art awards presented

Photo by Sarah Marquet.
Photo by Sarah Marquet.
Winners of the inaugural Central Otago Art Awards were announced at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra last night.

Pictured are (from left) event organiser Maxine Williams, of Clyde, with winner of the $5000 Central Lakes Trust Art Excellence Award, Andi Regan, of Wanaka, judges Elizabeth Caldwell, of Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Jim Geddes, of Eastern Southland Art Gallery, and Andi's work Central Bloom, made from cable ties.

The judges said Central Bloom "elevates a mundane item and transforms it into a beautiful object" and showed "technical excellence in form".

The $2000 CO News Central Otago Artist Award went to Megan Huffadine, of Bannockburn, for her mixed media work A Page of Incantations. The exhibition was officially opened by Mayor Tony Lepper and will be on display at the Russell Henderson Art Gallery until Wednesday October 26.

The winner of a $1000 Alexandra Community Arts viewers choice award will be announced on October 27. People can vote at the exhibition or at www.centralotagoarts.com/art-awards, where an online gallery of the works is expected to go live today.


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