Artists in the money

Last updated 11:53 14/05/2012

Uncrushable spirit: Kapiti artist Jil Hemming with her work, Crown of Bones, highly commended in the Mahara Arts Review.

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The Mahara Arts Review opened this month, with 100 different works submitted from local artists.

Only 50 made it into the exhibition, with awards presented for eight outstanding works on opening night.

Chrissie Sailks scooped the top award for an acrylic work called Dreamships.

She pocketed $1000, donated by Sir Noel Robinson.

Other outstanding artists included Te Wananga o Raukawa students Tracey Patete and Matene Climie, who entered their work for the first time.

Patete, who entered a kete whakairo made from harakeke, took out the Student Award.

Climie won the Emerging Artist award for her painted gourd, called Te Rakaunui o Te Marama (Full Moon).

Jil Hemming won the highly commended award for her work, Crown of Bones. She received $500 with her award.

The artwork was made from the beaks of broad-billed prions collected from Waikanae Beach last year. A storm had blown a thousand of the birds onto the shore, where they were left to die.

"They continually threw themselves into the wind and they wouldn't give up," said Hemming.

"I went down with my backpack and I took 40 home.

"They became a crown because . . . there was something so majestic about their spirit and their refusal to give up."

- The people's Choice Award will be presented on June 23, at noon, at Mahara.

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- Kapiti Observer


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