The weather behaved for once, and the balmy evening allowed patrons the luxury of wandering inside or outside the gallery. The theme for this year was,‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, and true to tradition, there was no shortage of creativity on display.
Guest judge for the competition was Sue Sutherland, Fine Arts graduate, and senior lecturer at Auckland University. She was amazed by the diversity and originality of the works entered, and was especially drawn to the number of entries which invited some sort of engagement from the viewer. Promotion of local art has always been a central tenet of the Co-op’s philosophy, so it was great to hear this affirmative testimony. As usual there was a huge mixture of media presented, so judging was always going to be a difficult task. Sue awarded quite a number of Highly Commended certificates firstly. These went to:
Anna Whyte (photographic art ; ‘Mankind’s Ultimate Sin’, and ‘Temptation’), Phil Jordan (mixed media; ‘Sins by Suggestion’), Doug Fisher (photographic art; ‘Jezebel’), Tracey Majurey (mixed media; ‘An Interview with God…please leave those things at the gate’), Marietta Pasley (ink drawing; ‘Seven Deadly Sins’), Lois Templeton (mixed media; ‘The Tree of Vices’), and Kerry Collins (fabric art; ‘Seven Bowls of Sin’).
First prize of $500.00 went to Deborah Illingworth for her painting, ‘The Collectors’; a work which referenced a local historical issue, and her take on the ‘sin’ which coloured some of the dealings associated with it.
Visitors and art lovers are invited to come and see the display for themselves. The exhibition will run for three weeks, and there will be a ‘Viewer’s Choice’ prize awarded at the end.