Marlborough 'oozing creativity'

21:36, May 18 2014
Maggie Stavreva
MATERNAL INFLUENCE: Tapawera artist Lisa White, named the supreme winner of the Marlborough Art Society’s 2014 Peters Doig Art Awards, stands beside the winning portrait of her mother. 

From its gourmet food and wine to its vibrant arts community, Marlborough oozes creativity, says Marlborough District councillor Cynthia Brooks.

Overseeing the council's culture, arts and heritage portfolios, Brookes was speaking to guests at the Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery in Blenheim on Saturday, when winners of the 2014 Peters Doig Art Awards were announced.

Society president Peter Davidson said artists from around New Zealand had entered, sending photographed copies of the works they wished to enter.

They were studied by a three-member judging panel and those that stood out for their technical skill and originality were selected for the exhibition. Of those, the award winners were selected.

One of the judges, director of Picton's Diversion Gallery, Barbara Speedy, said the calibre of "the final cut" had been very high.

Lisa White, from Tapawera, was named the supreme winner for her oil painting, a portrait of her mother Mary Devries from Canada, titled The Artist's Mother.

White graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design from NMIT in 2009.

Other art award winners were: Karen Neal, Rarangi (Marlborough Art Society $1000), Christine Lang, Rangiora (Tom and Nola Hurford Award $500), Emma Panting, Nelson (Seymour Pictures Framing Gallery Award $200), Allan Jonassen, Marlborough (Mark Stevenson Patron's Choice Award $300), Glynn Davies, Blenheim (Framers of Queens Award for Marlborough artist not named one of the major award winners).

A final "People's Choice Award" will be awarded on June 8.


The Marlborough Express