Motueka Arts Council hold-all exhibition draws 400 people
More than 400 people last week visited a two-day exhibition of the Motueka Arts Council's winter competition entries.
Competition-exhibition co-ordinator Shirley Wallace said she was pleased with the turnout. A survey of attendees revealed "all very positive" feedback.
The exhibition at Motueka Memorial Hall last Friday and Saturday was a display of a record 140 entries that the competition attracted this year, its fifth year.
"It was delightful to see some schools take advantage of the exhibition being on a Friday," Wallace said.
The 2017 competition to "Make a Hold-All" drew entries created from a diverse range of mediums including pottery, woodwork, a gourd, flax, cane and bra cups. There were four classes of competition: created with fibre and/or yarn; created with fabric; using materials from the earth or made by a person aged 16 or under using any material. As well as a winner, each class had a prize for the most innovative hold-all. There was also an award for the best hold-all overall and the best local exhibit.
Wallace said the team hoped to hold a winter competition again next year.
Cherrie Mitchell, of Blenheim, won the created with any fibre and/or yarn class as well as the most-innovative prize for that class. Her wool felted entry, Stumped, also went on to get the nod for Best Overall Hold-All.
The award for best local exhibit went to Crafty Tarts, of Motueka, for their entry, Pick a Pocket.