Big turnout expected at art show

23:27, May 22 2012
timaru plunket art 2012
ART INVASION: Jody Hutchison, left, and Marcia Scott with one of David Lloyd's creations, a giant steam punk dragonfly.

The annual South Canterbury Plunket Art Show is preparing to open its doors for the 35th consecutive year.

The exhibition is held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, and features the work of artists from all over New Zealand.

Chairwoman of the art show committee Di Hay said that the range of exhibitors was a real drawcard.

"People don't have to travel all around the country to purchase work from a wide variety of artists. There are a lot of well-known and emerging artists, as well as a variety of mediums – glass, etchings, oils – to choose from."

"A lot of people might buy one artwork a year and will wait to see this show before they decide where to spend their money."

The opening night is this Friday, and tickets had sold out two weeks prior. Ms Hay said that she could not recall a time when tickets had been sold so quickly.

"We have had an amazing response," she said.

Last year's exhibition raised close to $20,000 for Plunket in Timaru.

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The Timaru Herald