Artweek opening draws a crowd

by Kent Caddick

The 36th annual Darfield Artweek has proved to be as popular as ever.

Almost 350 works of art by around 150 artists are on display at the Darfield Recreation Centre as part of this year’s Darfield Artweek run by the Malvern Community Arts Council (MCAC).

Several hundred people turned up on opening night last Friday to view the works and hear judge Jan Robertson announce the winners.

MCAC chair Philip Baldwin said they were very happy on how opening night went.

“We were pleased by the quality of the submissions for artweek and the judging by Jan Robertson, which was a daunting task, was well received.”

Mr Baldwin said there was a huge amount of work which went on behind the scenes to make artweek happen.

“A small army of volunteers was needed to get the exhibition set up, setting up the stands for display, unwrapping the work and hanging it all within 24 hours. It was a huge effort.”

DarfIeld Artweek 2017 winners: Merit Awards: Rose Budd (Rangiora), Christine Lang (Christchurch), Lorraine Natusch (Darfield), Karl Ridgen (Halswell), Hunter White (Darfield), Mehrdad Tahan (Christchurch); P&E Award: Carol Broughton (Christchurch); Selwyn Creative Network Award: Frederika Ernsten (Rangiora); Survus Consultants Award: Dawon Choi (Edgeware); Darfield Dental Award: Lyn Leonard (Prebbleton); The Record Award: Liz Petrie (Rangiora); MCAC Friends Award: Henry Turner (West Melton); Local Businesses Award: Alice Olds (Bryndwr); MCAC Premier Award: Louise McHaffie (Governor’s Bay).

Darfield Artweek judge Jan Robertson with the work (bottom right) she 
selected as the Premier Award winner

Lyn Nell, left, and Janet Lilly enjoy opening night

Daniel Pye’s mixed media work ‘Spring to Life’ was the centre 
of attention in the Darfield Rec Centre annex

Former Selwyn Mayor Michael McEvedy (left) and Greendale’s Ian 
Warren catch up over a glass of wine

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Selwyn, Kelvin and Gem Coe, were 
looking to add to their art collection

Several hundred art lovers attended the opening of this year’s 
Darfield Artweek