Celebrate Creativity With Art Waikino

Posted by Gold FM on 25/09/2012

helen wilson

Art will be everywhere you look this Labour Weekend when Art Waikino opens the doors of the historic Victoria Hall at Waikino.

The art exhibition is now in it's twelfth year and is one of the biggest art festivals on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Victoria Hall committee decided over 12 years ago that an art exhibition would be a great way to raise funds for the upkeep of the  hall and it's gone from strength to strength.

This year there 6 categories with prizes in each category and all art will be for sale, so it's a great chance to snap up a masterpiece for your wall.

Anyone interested in entering is encouraged to get their entry form ready now and send it off to Art Waikino convener Helen Wilson.She came into Gold FM to talk about the exhibition with Brian Gentil and said they already have entries coming in for a special category this year that will commemorate the centenary of the Waihi miner's strike.

Frederick Evans, a striking miner was killed by a policeman's truncheon on 'Black Tuesday', the 12th of November after a bitter six month strike and Art Waikino decided it was appropriate to recognise this turbulent part of Waihi's gold mining history.

There will be paintings and craft-work of all sorts made form wood, glass, clay, metal or whatever other material enterprising artists come up with on display and available to buy.

The photography section is always keenly contested and a walk around the hall to gaze at the creativity on show is a great way to spend an afternoon.

A wine and cheese evening will be held on Friday the 19th of October where the artists will meet the judges, who will also announce the winners of each category and the Supreme Award winner, then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday the doors will be open from 10 am until 4 pm for the public to view the art and purchase any pieces that take their fancy.

Entry forms are available on the Art Waikino events page on this website and are also available to download at www.waihi.org.nz or you can make your way up the 17 steep stairs at Gold FM on Seddon Street. If you don't fancy the haul up the stairs you can give Helen Wilson a call on 07 863 6974 and she'll make sure you get one. You can also email artwaikino@gmail.com

Here's what Helen had to say about this year's exhibition.

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