Call for original artworks

The organisers of the annual Great Summer Art Exhibition in Snells Beach are calling for entries.

The exhibition, which is in its 30th year, is a major fundraiser for the Mahurangi East Tennis Club.

It will be held at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, from December 29 to January 1, and regularly attracts over 250 artworks from more than 80 artists. Club president Maureen Bernie says they are expecting similar numbers this year.

Work is accepted in a number of categories – established, intermediate and emerging, photography and Mahurangi College students.

There is also a Judges’ Encouragement Award and People’s Choice, decided by votes from exhibition visitors. This year’s judge is painter and former gallery owner Bill Harris, and Bayleys Warkworth is again the major sponsor.

The prize pool has increased to $4470. 

All artworks will be for sale, with 20 per cent of proceeds and all entry fees going to community tennis initiatives, such as the Love Tennis free family event, and the maintenance and upgrading of club facilities. 

The organisers are also expecting about 20 to 25 cash and carry tables with a diverse range of items for sale including large and small ceramics, ceramic/wood mixed media, resin and silver jewellery, wood and resin tableware, wooden platters and bowls, prints, original paintings, cards and leather wallets. 

Artists can find out how to enter at Entry costs $12.50 per artwork, with a maximum of four. The deadline to register an entry is Friday, December 15.