On Thursday evening, 25 August, the Friends of Pātaka Art Awards exhibition was opened and the awards presented to the winners. It was a wonderful evening for the artists, their whānau and friends, sponsors, judges, staff and Friends.
Meryll Evans hosted the evening on behalf of the Friends’, Pātaka’s new Director, Ana Sciascia opened the event, then the judges talked about their approach to art, why they selected the winners and presented the awards. The Mayor of Porirua Anita Baker then declared the exhibition open and the doors to Bottle Creek Gallery were opened!
With a record 94 entries, including many first-time entrants and 15 student entrants, this exhibition is our biggest yet and runs until 30 October. All entries are available for purchase, so this is another way to support our artists. The final award at the end of October, is the Viewers’ Choice Award, sponsored by Friends of Pātaka – you will find voting slips in the gallery.
The big winner on the night was Roger Hayman who, with his evocative photograph ‘Family Portrait’ took out both the Open Award ($1,000) and the First Time Entry Award ($500). As Open Award winner, Roger can also take up the opportunity to be the Artist in Residence for a month, in the Education Suite at Pātaka.
The Highly Commended Award of $750 went to Jennifer Summers with ‘Dwelling’, a work in Indian ink on acrylic and wood. The Jane Hyder Painting Award of $750 was won by Adele Matthews with her acrylic painting ‘Beyond’, while Clare Matthews won the The Creativity & Promise Scholarship and a six-month Level 4 Certificate at the Learning Connexion with her mixed-media work ‘Shower’.
BOTTLE CREEK GALLERY