Kaipara’s premier art exhibition opens

The Kaipara Art Awards celebrated local talent from across the region

The Kaipara Art Awards exhibition opened to the public after a presentation ceremony last Friday, with the event capturing the ‘light and life’ of the region according to Mayor Jason Smith.

“Events such as this and the art that is coming together from across the district from such talented artists such as yourselves is exactly the combination and energy that we need in the Kaipara District,” Mayor Smith told the large gathering in the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall foyer at Dargaville.

“I’m so delighted with what I have already seen at the exhibition. I’m seeing Kaipara scenes, Kaipara light and Kaipara life.” 

Dargaville Arts Association chair, Allan Mortensen, said the awards have grown in stature every year.

The awards were started nine years ago by the Kaipara District Council. It was picked up by the Dargaville Arts Association and Mangawhai Artists Incorporated and has become a major event in the Kaipara.

“It’s a great example of what can happen when two separate groups work together for a common cause.”

Judge, Richard Cranenburgh, said his choices came from many years of looking at art as well as ‘from the heart’.

“I look for a work that talks to me, something that leaps out. This year the standard has gone up another notch from last year.”

First place in the two-dimensional category went to Christine Moginie for her watercolour on canvas A Reflective View. The judges’ award went to Peter Bradburn for his piece titled Three. Sheila Shadick, Annie Kitchener and Carlyn Condon came second, third and merit respectively.

First place for the three-dimensional category was awarded to Samala Waipouri for Wiri Wiri Mawhero made from natural dyed harakeke pikau, and Margot Symes was awarded the judges’ award for her work made from andesite, hemp and wood and titled Principle Anchor. Yvonne Tana won second place, John Ecuyer third and Terry Haines received merit.

The exhibition will be held at Muddy Waters Gallery until August 7 before moving to Mangawhai Artists Gallery and reopening on August 11.


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