Herald photo journey a big drawcard at gallery

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 10/07/2014
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CAPTURING A MOMENT: An enthusiastic Ann Wooffindin-Hellewell, of Timaru, visits the Herald's 150th photo exhibition twice.

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The Timaru Herald's 150th anniversary photographic exhibition was the most viewed exhibition, in terms of visitor numbers, at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in recent years.

Journey Through Time, which featured 150 images making up a visual representation of the journey of The Timaru Herald and South Canterbury since June 11, 1864, finished on Sunday.

"It was the most viewed exhibition we can recall in the past few years, and we have had some spectacular exhibitions in that time," collections curator Cara Fitzgerald said.

"Over a period of three weeks, the total number of visitors to the exhibition was 3516, averaging 195 people a day since the exhibition opened."

In terms of popularity, the Plunket Art Show and Artarama exhibition came second.

"The significance of The Herald's 150th exhibition was the consistency of the popularity over the whole three weeks, the busiest day being the final day with 683 visitors," Fitzgerald said.

"People kept coming back and bringing along their friends and family, which was wonderful to see."

The images featured in the exhibition were sold via silent auction to the highest bidder.

In a nod to the passage of time on roads used every day, the highest bid went to a picture of Stafford St, looking north.

The most popular images were Pleasant Point's AB699 celebrating 150 years of steam engines in NZ, Early morning on Bay Hill and Stormy weather on rough seas.

Herald commercial manager Nick Symister said the exhibition raised more than $6000.

"I am going to call the successful bidders personally. They can come and pay at the office," Symister said.

All proceeds will go to the South Canterbury Hospice.

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- The Timaru Herald

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