College art expo back

FUNDRAISER: The Macleans College First XI girls hockey team bottom right, top left Peaceful Waters by Wendy Oey, Kea on slasher by Mark Dimock top right. Photo supplied.

Almost 100 New Zealand artists will be exhibiting a selection of their work at the annual art exhibition and sale hosted by the Macleans College First XI girls hockey team next week.

The exhibition in Batten House, Macleans Road on Saturday June 10 and Sunday June11 will treat art lovers to more than 600 pieces of work in a variety mediums and styles.

“We have most of our regular supporters coming back to exhibit with us again this year,” says Willem Groenewald, a member of the organising committee.

“We are honoured to have artists of the calibre we have coming back to us year after year. We are also very excited about a number of new artists who’ll be exhibiting with us for the first time.”

The First XI hockey girls of Macleans College present the art exhibition to help them raise funds for the ongoing costs of participating competitively. In addition to funding safety masks, sports bags and gear, the funds raised through this year’s event will enable the girls to participate in the Jenny Hair Tournament in Palmerston North in the first week of September.

“While the art exhibition is a great fundraiser, it also gives us the opportunity to be ambassadors of our school at a different level,” says Kate Haszard, captain of the team.

“We all just love the interaction with the artists through follow-up calls and helping them when they arrive at the venue to drop off their work. They are all really great people, doing an amazing job.

“It is also our responsibility to be available for support to buyers during the exhibition. We get to talk about the event, the artists and, most importantly, about our school.

“We’ve found that the visitors to our exhibition are coming there to support our team and our school as much as they’re coming to find that special piece of art to brighten up their living spaces.”

Every piece of work exhibited will be for sale. The artists represent an interesting variety of styles and backgrounds and their work caters for all tastes, preferences and budgets, says Groenewald.