Art awards attract great variety of entries

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 12/05/2014
City Gallery
HERE'S A WINNER: City Gallery manager Aleisha Toomey with Pauline Bellamy’s winning Blade Shearers ahead of the Southland Art Society Awards at the City Gallery.

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Pauline Bellamy was the big winner at the first annual Southland Art Society Awards at the City Gallery in Invercargill.

Southland Art Society gallery manager Aleisha Toomey said the awards were open to society members and attracted 39 entries.

Members could enter up to two pieces, which meant they could show their best work without mounting an entire exhibition.

The winner was Pauline Bellamy with her dry point etching Blade Shearers.

Highly commended were Joan Oddy for her painting Back Country Road and Ann Irving with her quilt Pathway Through The Trees.

Toomey was thrilled to have so many different entries come in.

"It's wonderful to bring all the different mediums together."

William Hodges fellow Sam Mitchell and society president Annie Bourque judged the works.

The society was also planning to hold critique evenings and artists talks, which, along with the awards, were a way of bringing members together at the gallery.

The gallery has also opened its new retail area, Tails End, which displays "reasonably priced" commercial work, she said.

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