An emotional Galina Kim dedicated her Nelson Art Expo award-winning painting to her framer.
The Christchurch artist was overwhelmed last night to win the $2000 Framing Rooms Paramount Award, and amazed that it was sponsored by framers because her painting Old Grape Vine was the view from her framer's studio.
"I'm dedicating this to my framer, Tony Moore," she said. Sadly, Moore had died three months ago. An accountant, who loved art and had become a framer, he had helped many Christchurch artists, she said.
The red and pink Iona grapes growing on an old vine outside his studio had caught her eye. "Against the sun it was bright and translucent and the vine had a thick trunk," she said.
Kim, originally from Moscow and whose father is Korean, has an art degree from Ukraine and followed friends to New Zealand 19 years ago where she met her husband Brian Collett who shares her love of art.
It's the third year she has exhibited at the Art Expo, billed as the South Island's premier art expo. "I don't do many shows but we love Nelson, it's the spirit and friendliness of people," she said.
Nelson artist Nikki Romney, who was unable to be at last night's function, was named the winner of the $1000 Fresh Choice Nelson People's Art Award. The brief to artists was to design a label for a Sprig and Fern American Pale Ale and the winner was decided by supermarket shoppers' votes.
Romney's satirical artwork, titled Liberty Sinking, depicts the floating houseboat which the Environment Court ordered be removed from Nelson's harbour, alongside the Boulder Bank and with the Statue of Liberty, holding an ale aloft, and sinking.
The $500 Crowe Horwath Business Art Award for a piece most suited to a business environment went to surprised but happy Tahunanui artist Dean Bradley for his mixed medium work Sandscape II.
"I just beaver away in my shed on frosty nights and the last thing I'm thinking about is the corporate world but if they see something in it I'm very pleased."
He said he created his art for fun but confessed it was also an obsession. "Once I come up with an idea in my mind it's like a crossword that nags until you complete it."
The public has a chance to see more than 1000 artworks by 114 artists at the expo at Saxton Stadium from today until Sunday. The artworks are also for sale.
Art Expo runs today until 8pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tickets $5 for adults, concessions $4 and under-15s free.
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