Jimi Hendrix still turns heads

UNIQUE: Chris Oliver admires 'There is only one you' by the YMCA at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
UNIQUE: Chris Oliver admires 'There is only one you' by the YMCA at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
COLOURFUL DANCE: Andrea Armstrong and Sarah-Jane Garden looking at 'Big Beautiful Creatures' by Amy Faifai at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
COLOURFUL DANCE: Andrea Armstrong and Sarah-Jane Garden looking at 'Big Beautiful Creatures' by Amy Faifai at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
FINISHED PIECE: Reon Chiles shows off his finished artwork of Jimmy Hendrix to his art tutor Wayne Patrick at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
FINISHED PIECE: Reon Chiles shows off his finished artwork of Jimmy Hendrix to his art tutor Wayne Patrick at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
ARTISTIC GUITARIST: Hamiana Henry provided music for the evening as well as contributing artworks at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
ARTISTIC GUITARIST: Hamiana Henry provided music for the evening as well as contributing artworks at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
CREATIVE THINKING: Abigail Kempf shows her artwork 'Thinking outside the box' to tutors Polly Rowe and Helen Bonica at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
CREATIVE THINKING: Abigail Kempf shows her artwork 'Thinking outside the box' to tutors Polly Rowe and Helen Bonica at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
SHARP SEAT: Luisa Sheriff winces at the artwork 'Sitting Comfortably' by Abigail Kempf at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
SHARP SEAT: Luisa Sheriff winces at the artwork 'Sitting Comfortably' by Abigail Kempf at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
GROUP WORK: Polly Rowe who tutored all 16 Aoraki Alternative Education students that made 'Koru' explains the detail to one of the judges, Annie Lambourne at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
GROUP WORK: Polly Rowe who tutored all 16 Aoraki Alternative Education students that made 'Koru' explains the detail to one of the judges, Annie Lambourne at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
COOL CARVINGS: Hope Maguigan checks out a carving by Ramahi Paea at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.
COOL CARVINGS: Hope Maguigan checks out a carving by Ramahi Paea at the Youth Alley art exhibition in the Council Chambers.

Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was the inspiration behind a piece on display at the Youth Week Art Competition and Exhibition in Timaru this week.

South Canterbury Community College retail student Reon Chiles' piece, called Jimmy, was a head-turner at the exhibition opening held in the Timaru District Council chambers on Monday night.

The image portrayed Hendrix "just unleashing the music", Mr Chiles said. "I just wanted something really colourful and different.

UNLEASHED: Reon Chiles shows off his finished artwork of the late musician Jimi Hendrix to his art tutor, Wayne Patrick, at the Youth Week Art Competition and Exhibition in the Timaru District Council chambers.
UNLEASHED: Reon Chiles shows off his finished artwork of the late musician Jimi Hendrix to his art tutor, Wayne Patrick, at the Youth Week Art Competition and Exhibition in the Timaru District Council chambers.

"Originally I just wanted to do a painting of Jimi Hendrix, and then I thought let's just make it a blur and make it really out there."

It took him five hours to complete, where normally a piece would take him two days.

"I just really got into it."

He had dabbled in art over the years, but this was definitely his favourite piece so far, he said.

Eighty-five pieces were on display at the exhibition, featuring a number of different styles, including acrylics, mixed-media and charcoal.

Organiser Kirsty Henderson said students from Timaru's training providers and high schools had participated. The exhibition was open to all young people aged between 12 and 24.

As well as the opening, four awards were presented on Monday night in different categories – 2-D, 3-D, electronic media and people's choice.

The electronic award was won by Steven Bell for his photography piece Reach Out. The 3-D section was won by Abigail Kempf for her piece Death Trap, and the 2-D award was won by Aoraki Alternative Education students for their mixed-media piece Koru.

The exhibition ran from Tuesday to Thursday.

The Timaru Herald