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