Gallery 'overwhelmed' by award entries
More than 200 pieces of art have been entered in this year's Southland Art Society-ILT Art Awards - via photographs.
Gallery co-ordinator Kathryn Blomfield said the sheer number of entries arriving on the doorstep was overwhelming and the gallery had to try and find space to squeeze them in.
"Photographs are a more manageable process and most galleries do this now," she said.
The photographs were whittled down to 80 finalists by Southland artists Dawn Glynn and Russell Beck.
It was the first time in the competition's 12-year history that only pieces selected for the finals were delivered to the gallery.
Pieces would be judged by Central Otago portrait artist Deidre Copeland and Southland sculptor and SIT art tutor Stuart King.
Ms Blomfield said the annual awards continued to grow and she believed there could be a record number of entries.
She was thrilled with the response from artists from within Southland and throughout New Zealand.
"Artists know that their entry must be of a very high standard to be selected as a finalist," she said.
Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewellery, mixed media and fibre art were vying for the grand prize of $8500.
The awards will be announced at an invitation only function at City Gallery tomorrow night.
Entries, which will be for sale, will be exhibited at the City Gallery to the public from Saturday morning until the end of August.
"You won't see many of these well-known artists' work again for another year, so it's the perfect opportunity to get a closer look," Ms Blomfield said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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