Painting buddies collaborate

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Local artists Diana Marshall, Lee Muckle, Kaye McAndrew and Lyndsay McCosker will combine with painting friend Diane Hunt for the 5 Go Mad With Art exhibition.

Five long time friends, who are all keen artists, will combine for a group exhibition in Ashburton next week.

Local artists Diana Marshall, Lee Muckle, Kaye McAndrew, Lyndsay McCosker and Christchurch based Diane Hunt will showcase their painting talents at an exhibition called 5 Go Mad With Art.

All five have strong rural roots and began their art journeys around 20 years ago.

Although they have taken different artistic paths, in recent years they have come together again to enjoy each others company and to paint.

The 5 Go Mad with Art exhibition has no set theme and features art painted over recent months.

There is a mix of oils, watercolours and paintings on paper and subjects that include landscapes, still life, birds and flowers.

Artist Diana Marshall said the combined exhibition was a first for the friends and a nervous time because they “were putting their art out there” for others to see.

With more time on their hands these days, the friends were able to indulge a passion for art that included painting on location and “en plein air”.

The 5 Go Mad With Art exhibition is on display at Short Street studio from November 23-26.

All works are for sale and the opening night runs from 6pm until 8pm.

On day two, artworks can be viewed between 10am and 6pm and on the final days from 10am until 4pm.