Art student features in exhibition
For the first time, Waiuku College has not only entered in the  Paterson Burn Optometrists’ 2017 Excellence in Art Competition, but student, Olivia King, is one of the 66 entries on display.
The new exhibition is open from now until 5 May at Creative Waikato in Hamilton this week and the public can bid on the artworks and vote for their favourite on Facebook.
The competition, which was launched by Paterson Burn Optometrists in 2013, was open to all Year 12 and 13 art students attending secondary schools or who are home schooled in the Waikato, Coromandel, Newmarket and surrounding suburbs of Auckland.
Upon seeing the competition advertised, Olivia approached her art teacher, Rosalind Horner, and asked how she could go about entering her work.
"Olivia is a very high achiever when it comes to her art work, and we encouraged her to enter. She often shows us images of what she has completed at home, and they are all to a very high standard."
Ms Horner explained that Olivia often paints in acrylics, but is talented across all mediums, including pastels and water colours.
This year’s theme is ‘The world through the eyes of another – past, present, future’. Artists were asked to choose any person living, dead or fictional and tell a story through their eyes using paint and mixed media on canvas.
"She really enjoyed the theme idea, and enter two pieces based on what she thought animals see through their eyes." 
First prize is $1000 ($500 to the student, $500 to school), second prize is $600 ($300 to student, $300 to school) and third prize is $400 ($200 to student, $200 to school). The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony on Thursday 4 May. 
This year’s judges are three respected Waikato art personalities, Nancy Caiger, Steph Chalmers and Yaniv Janson, who all agree that the calibre of work the young artists have produced is outstanding.
From April 12, the public can bid on the artworks at Students will receive 80 per cent of the sale and 20 per cent will be donated to Diabetes NZ Waikato.
The public can also vote for their favourite entry on Paterson Burn’s Facebook page,
The entry with the most votes will receive a People’s Choice award.