Accessible, approachable and affordable is one way to describe the art work and the people who frequent the Marlborough Art Society.
Jennifer Godden, the society's exhibition convenor for the past 11 years, is proud to have helped maintain and expand that philosophy. She and husband David Godden, president for the past eight years, have helped the society extend the gallery space in Blenheim and watched artists in Marlborough and other regions keep its walls filled with exhibited works throughout the year.
Keeping art alive needs new energy, though, the Goddens say, and they stepped down from their positions at the society's annual meeting on Sunday.
"It's time for a new generation to take over with new ideas," says 79-year-old Mr Godden.
A highlight of their time on the committee was expanding the society's High St studio area and gallery spaces.
Exhibitions were being booked three years in advance, Mrs Godden says, and some entries in the society's annual Peters Doig Art Awards were never shown because of the limited gallery space.
On February 14, 2010, a $165,000 expansion was opened debt-free thanks to personal pledges, community grants and sponsorship, Mr Godden says.
Named after one of its main sponsors, the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery is recognised as one of the best art society venues in New Zealand, Mrs Godden says.
- The Marlborough Express