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By CAROLYN VEEN
Many styles: ARTEX selector John Hanlen is impressed with the lineup of
Just like Christmas: ARTEX manager Tania Wright unwraps a delicate
sculpture by Kevin McCardle from Tauranga.
Emerson St: By Sue Schaare.
Drawn like moths to a flame, art
lovers have been flooding through
the doors of Napier s Municipal
Theatre to see this year s selection
of work in the 30th National Art
ARTEX, which opened last
Friday night in the Pan Pac
Foyer, is expected to attract lots
more viewers before it closes on
Sunday, June 26.
Exhibition manager Tania
Wright was pleased with the
unpacking process this year.
It went very smoothly. It s a
relief to find none of the work had
been damaged in transit, other-
wise we d have to rush it off for
Tania likens the unwrapping
process to Christmas.
You never know what you re
going to get in each package.
Because there s such a variety of
work, everybody finds something
that they really like.
Don t forget to vote in the
People s Choice award. Simply
buy a catalogue, enter your
favourite artist, and go into the
draw to win a luxury weekend at
Generously donated by one of
the sponsors, Searle Travel, the
prize package includes a couple of
nights accommodation for two
and a cruise on Lake Taupo.
At the end of the ARTEX event,
the entries are tabulated and the
artist with the most votes will
receive the Searle Travel Art
Award -- a prestigious monetary
award, which reflects the most
popular paintings on display.
For those who haven t had the
opportunity to view the directory
of artists, you can visit website
read brief biographies and view
samples of their work.
While the art images on the
new website are examples of work
only, they do give the viewer a
degree of insight into the style
and calibre of work they can
expect to see.
Organised by the Rotary Club of
Greenmeadows, this popular
annual exhibition is one of the
biggest on the Hawke s Bay art
Attracting 79 leading artists
from all over New Zealand,
including a glass artist and two
sculptors, it is said to be the
largest of its type in the southern
All proceeds from the sale of art
is donated to community projects
by the Rotary Club of Green-
meadows, which, over the past
seven years alone, has raised
about $250,000 for the people of
Hawke s Bay.
There is a vision for the website
to have the facility to sell artwork
all year round.
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