Innovative art show goes online

This year’s Art Salon Exhibition is being staged online. Photo supplied

A popular annual art exhibition has moved online for the first time due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Flat Bush is staging its 2021 Art Salon Exhibition.

The show was first held in 2017 and aims to foster harmony through art in New Zealand.

It’s held at the Guang Yuan Art Gallery and curated by Venerable Abbess Manshin.

A major effort by the gallery staff and developing teams has seen the show’s website, which features more than 450 artworks by 91 local artists, being displayed to the public.

The online exhibition uses the latest technology to display the works in 2D and 3D viewing halls, giving new milestones to the Art Salon, the temple says.

“The visual feast features various genres including sculptures, glass art, jewellery, ceramics, paintings, photographs, mosaic art, batik, weaving, embroidery, textile, and more.”

More than 1000 people viewed the works on the show’s opening day, November 1, and more than 100 audiences supported and voted for their favourite artists.

On November 13 an online blessing and celebration ceremony will be held to deliver hope and positivity to everyone.

Participating artist Tut Blumental says the online exhibition looks “amazing”.

She’s grateful for the gallery’s efforts and is sure it will be a successful exhibition.

Wellington-based artist Lani Eyles says she’s looking forward to checking out the works online and she’s happy to make a donation for any works sold.

Venerable Abbess Manshin says she hopes visitors to the art show will brighten their minds and hearts through art, and the public’s efforts will bring more joy and warmth to the community.

She hopes everyone is taking care and staying safe amid the global pandemic.

To view the online exhibition in both 2D and 3D go to www.fgs.org.nz/artsalon.