French connection

PETRA FINER- TARANAKI STAR
Last updated 11:48 28/08/2014
French connection
Petra Finer
Dale Copeland.

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Eleven Taranaki artists will be travelling to Paris in November with about 150 works by local.

They will exhibit the artworks of 35 Taranaki artists over a two-week period at the Gallery 59, Rue de Rivoli, from November 5.

Exhibition organiser Dale Copeland said the winter event had been in planning for more than a year.

"Apparently that's a good time to exhibit because the place isn't full of tourists," she said.

That gave the residents of Paris a better opportunity to acquaint themselves with some small slices of Taranaki.

The exhibition idea came from Copeland.

She said the opportunity to travel to Paris was too exciting to pass up.

They will be taking New Zealand-made cheese and wine to serve at the opening in a bid to boost provincial New Zealand's profile in Paris.

She said the artists were hoping to sell as much of the work as possible while there as each traveller had only a 30 kilogram luggage allowance each.

The weight restrictions have meant that each work has to be light, portable, rolled and compact if it is a painting or canvas work.

The unusual requirements had caused quite a few artists to become even more creative with their designs.

"It will happen and it will be good," she said.

Copeland and fellow artists Mili Purpil and Caryl Murray were made official South Taranaki ambassador's last week.

As representatives of the region, South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop said they would perform an important function.

"New Zealand has a good reputation internationally.

"This is quite different to actually have artists going overseas, I thought it was quite important to recognise that," he said.

The group leaves on November 2 and will return on November 20.

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