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Art trail to be filled with visual delights

Effort to entertain supporters

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013
Diana Zadravec
SHIRLY WHYTE/ Fairfax NZ

Diana Zadravec holds a piece of Pip Egerton’s art work outside the Tuatapere public toilets.

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Organisers of a Tuatapere art trail hope it will hold the attention of non-sporty support crews during the 55-kilometre Stump the Hump overnight walk/run on February 1 and 2.

Organiser Kathryn Bennie said the town's art trail would be "a good old-fashioned day" with more than 20 artists from around Southland featured.

Since the Stump the Hump event began three years ago, people in town had noticed support crews hanging out during the 24-hour event - they believed it could be a good way to show off Southland art to a captive audience, she said.

The trail would include pieces at the Last Light Cafe and carry on to the art and craft show at the RSA hall on Tuatapere's main street, with work by jeweller Anna Claire Thompson of Invercargill, Andersons Animal Art Taxidermy, Blackwinter Ceramics and landscape artist Wayne Edgerton of Tuatapere.

"It's a brilliant opportunity. There are some really top names coming and they've all indicated if this goes well, we'll all be here next year."

The event was made especially attractive to well-known artists because the promotions group was not charging a commission.

Venture Southland community development planner Diana Zadravec said as well as the art trail there would also be a fun day on the Saturday in town with family-centred activities at the Waiau Area School from 10am till 2pm.

Both hoped the three-event weekend would continue next year.

The art and craft show at the hall is on Saturday only, running from 9am till 3pm.

Other art venues in Tuatapere will be open from Friday to Sunday at various hours.

Entry to both events are free. Cash is preferred for purchases.

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- The Southland Times

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