Many will know by now of Karen James and her art classes and many will have taken part in one of her classes over the 10 years she has been teaching in Kaikoura.
An annual exhibition held at Karen's Homewood Hill Gallery, SH1, is a great way for her students to see their progress as artists, as well as for others to come and admire the otherwise hidden local artistic talent.
This year's exhibition will take place this weekend, from 10am till 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.
Some of the students this year are newcomers to Karen's art school while others have been attending for years. Most of the work has never been exhibited before. All the work on display this weekend was completed in 2012.
Earlier in the year two of the classes went outside to paint one-hour "en plein air" studies of the surrounding landscape and they have recently been venturing outside again to do some more in the recent changeable spring weather.
Looking at different ways to create texture in acrylic painting has been another enjoyable couple of terms, as has studying the work of 17th century painter Vermeer.
Karen says some of these Vermeer copies are definitely one of the highlights of this year's exhibition.
The exhibition is on this weekend at Homewood Hill Gallery, opposite Hapuku School on SH1.
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