Art was delivered left, right and centre at Ashburton Art Gallery on Saturday on a very busy day for organisers of the 53rd annual exhibition.
Over a four-hour receiving period, hundreds of artworks were checked in by Ashburton Society of Arts (ASA) members.
In total, around 500 works from 150 artists will form this year’s exhibition. Most artists are from the Canterbury region, but others come from as far away as Whangarei and Invercargill.
The entries were well up on last year, said ASA exhibition secretary Jen Dearborn.
Saturday had been an exciting and very busy day for those checking in the art.
There would be some fantastic guest artists featured again this year and tickets for the opening awards evening on July 3 were available from the Ashburton Art Gallery at a cost of $25, she said.
The awards would be presented by Lynda Topp and there would be no door sales.
Guest artists this year include Rhonye McIlroy from Ashburton, Angela Maritz from Bay of Plenty, Michael Eaton from Amberley and Aucklander Rachael Dewhurst.
Applied art and craft guests include Emma Cunningham and Rachael Garland, both from Whanganui, mixed media artist Megan Huffadine and ceramic artists Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett.
The 53rd Annual Exhibition is open to the general public from July 4-28.