The art exhibition at the Mahurangi East Community Centre attracted around 1500 visitors.
The annual Great Summer Art Exhibition, held in Snells Beach over New Year, has raised $10,000 for junior coaching and lighting for the top four courts at the Mahurangi East Tennis Club.
Club president Don Wishart says running the exhibition, held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, was a lot of work with 40 members involved and non-playing associate members helping. This year it was reduced from four to three days, but still attracted 1500 people looking at 322 artworks from 103 artists.
The judges awarded over $3000 worth of cash prizes for the top artists over the three main judging categories.
Mr Wishart says the exhibition and art competition are important for the wider community.
“It’s a community thing now. The artists and the community and the holidaymakers all come along and meet up every year.”
Results: Professional – 1, Melody Brook “Nikaus”, 2, Amber Adams “Averly”, 3, Pauline Gough “Approaching Mt Taranaki”; Merit, Claudia Slaney “Hazy Morning Stroll” and Gitte Dibley “Blue Water”. People’s Choice Award: Kelvin Osborne “Private – Martin’s Bay”.
Intermediate – 1, Charles Anderson “Tui”; 2, Francis Fischer “Bowl of Cherries”; 3, Natalie Hyland “Western Spring Swans”; Merit, Thelma Phillips “A Bit of Paradise – Gt Barrier Island”. Novice – 1, Hayley Adamson “Girl”; 2, Julie Moncur “Market day at Warkworth’s Masonic Hall”; 3, Shirley White “Orange Umbrella in the Big Apple”. Judge’s Encouragement Award: Karenza Yates “Tamryn” (Novice section).