Artworks delivered ahead of exhibition

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Ashburton Society of Arts exhibition co-ordinator Jen Dearborn accepts this acrylic work called Space Odyssey from Ashburton-based artist Wendy Stevenson, below left, Ashburton Society of Arts president Kay Begg checks out the miniatures submitted by Lincoln artist Andrea Moonlight, a regular contributor to the annual exhibition, below right, Kerry Smith with an oil on canvas work of the Rangitata River painted by his wife and Methven-based artist Karen Smith.

It may be a scaled down event this year, but the Ashburton Society of Arts (ASA) annual exhibition is still set to feature plenty of quality art.

Artworks were delivered to Ashburton Art Gallery on Saturday ahead of the 56th exhibition, which opens with a ticketed event and awards evening on October 19.

The popular exhibition will feature around 250 artworks from local, national and guest artists this year.

Entries have been restricted to one art entry, up to three miniatures, and one applied art, craft or photography entry.

The exhibition typically has around 450 works, but has been both delayed and scaled down because of covid-19.

ASA members, assisted by art gallery staff, will hang and displays work in the main gallery area only.

The ASA was delighted that the art showcase was still able to go ahead, said ASA exhibition co-ordinator Jen Dearborn.

There were some beautiful pieces of art submitted on Saturday and a good mix of works, she said.

Guest artists this year are jewellery maker Robert Wyber, sculptor/carver Tony Manuel and painters Maree Peate, Vashti Johnstone, Christine King and Debbie McCaw.

The exhibition runs until November 13.

Tickets for the opening night and awards evening are available from the art gallery reception and cost $25.