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By CAROLYN VEEN
Many styles: ARTEX selector John Hanlen is impressed with the lineup of artwork.
Emerson St: Painted by Sue Schaare.
Drawn like moths to a flame, art lovers have been
flooding through the doors of Napier s Municipal
Theatre to see this year s selection of work in the
30th National Art Exhibition.
ARTEX, which opened last Friday night in the
Pan Pac Foyer, is expected to attract even more
viewers before it closes on Sunday, June 26.
Thirty three paintings sold at the packed-out
opening, attended by 400 people.
Exhibition manager Tania Wright was pleased
with the unpacking process this year.
It went very smoothly. It s a relief to find none
of the work had been damaged in transit, other-
wise we d have to have rushed it off for repair.
She likens the unwrapping process to
You never know what you re going to get in
each package. Because there s such a variety of
work, everybody finds something that they really
Don t forget to vote in the People s Choice
award. Simply buy a catalogue, enter your favour-
ite artist, and go into the draw to win a luxury
weekend at Taupo.
Generously donated by one of the sponsors,
Searle Travel, the prize package includes a couple
of nights accommodation for two and a cruise on
At the end of the ARTEX event, the entries are
tabulated and the artist with the most votes will
receive the Searle Travel Art Award -- a pres-
tigious monetary award, which reflects the most
popular paintings on display.
For those who haven t had the opportunity to
view the directory of artists, you can visit website
nationalartexhibition.co.nz to read brief
biographies and view samples of their work.
While the art images on the new website are
examples of work only, they do give the viewer a
degree of insight into the style and calibre of work
they can expect to see.
Organised by the Rotary Club of
Greenmeadows, this popular annual exhibition is
one of the biggest on the Hawke s Bay art calen-
Attracting 79 leading artists, including a glass
artist and two sculptors, from all over New Zea-
land, it is said to be the largest of its type in the
All the proceeds from the sale of art is donated
to community projects by the Rotary Club of
Greenmeadows, which, during the past seven
years alone, has raised around $250,000 for the
people of Hawke s Bay.
There is a vision for the website to have the
facility to sell artwork all year round, which will
greatly improve the ability to put money back in
to the local community.
Popular art on show
Taradale gallery, Real-
hosting an exhibition
My Shaky Paintings by
artist Nicholas Rodgers
until June 21.
Nicholas has been
busy creating a new
body of work covering a
wide range of topics
from the Christchurch
earthquake, hence the
title of the exhibition,
various sports events,
art tutor Ruth McLean.
Nicholas is one of
Mosaic s most popular
artists . . . his naive
style, humour, and
colour palette continue
followers. He has been
in many exhibitions.
Strong entry of
Fifty-six Hawke s
Bay student chamber
music ensembles are
tuning up ready to
compete in Chamber
Music New Zealand s
annual New Zealand
Chamber Music Con-
The Hawke s Bay
takes place at
Napier s Municipal
Theatre this week-
end, with heats on
Friday and Saturday,
and the final on
Sunday at 6pm.
The contest is one
of 15 district compe-
throughout New Zea-
land during June,
with more than 1500
vying for a slot in the
which celebrates its
46th anniversary this
year, is the longest-
running youth music
competition in New
Zealand, and the only
music competition for
young musicians and
The top ensembles
selected from the dis-
trict contests will
compete in national
semifinals on July 15
in Hamilton, followed
by the national final
on July 16 at
Hamilton s Academy
of Performing Arts.
This year, 22
from Hawke s Bay,
have submitted work
for judging in the
All the original
played at the district
New Zealand com-
poser David Hamil-
ton will select the
winning score which
wins the $500
SOUNZ prize and
which is showcased
at the national final.
Tickets to the
Hawke s Bay contest
are available at the
For more, see
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