Hibiscus artists out in force for Art Awards

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Entries by local artists are a big feature of this year’s art awards. They include: (clockwise from top), Oil on canvas by Sam Smorenburg of Red Beach. Silverdale artist Jolita Klein Egelink’s large acrylic and collage work. Arina de lange Moore of Ōrewa’s oil on canvas. On My Way’ by Kym Bourke of Arkles Bay, which sees her get creative with Google maps. ‘Through My Eyes’, by emerging artist Kay Sheridan of Ōrewa.

This is the seventh year that the Hibiscus & Bays Art Awards have provided a platform for artists from around the country.

The awards are hosted on alternate years by Estuary Arts Centre in Ōrewa, and Mairangi Bay Arts Centre.

It’s Ōrewa’s turn this year, and there are around 140 entries.

Estuary Arts Centre manager Kim Boyd says a standout feature is the high number of local artists.
Several new and emerging artists have entered, alongside more established creatives.

Most works are paintings, print making or drawing, but there are also three- dimensional works in glass, copper, ceramic, wood and mixed media.

There are three ‘first equal’ prizes of $1000 each to be won, as well as merit awards and prizes sponsored by local art businesses.

Estuary Arts Centre awards an Emerging Artist prize each year.

The event is organised and funded by the Hibiscus Coast Community Arts Council and this year’s judge is abstract painter Kiran McKinnon.

All the works entered are on show at Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve, Ōrewa from November 18 to December 6.

The official exhibition opening and award announcement is on Saturday, November 21, 4pm-6pm.

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