Supporters of Darfield Artweek at the exhibition

Darfield’s Artweek awards

by Ann van Engelen

The opening of Darfield Artweek last Friday saw some 150 artists, community supporters, guests and volunteers join the Malvern Community Arts Council with the Hon Amy Adams officially opening the event.

“The coveted Orion Premier Award went to Darfield resident Soon-Lee Spicer for her linocut Chrysanthemum and Quinces,” said chairperson for Malvern Community Art Council Philip Baldwin.

Judge Fiona Simpson praised Soon-Lee’s work as an ‘exquisitely rendered still-life’ reminiscent of traditional Japanese woodcuts.

“David Atkinson’s Jar won the MCAC Friends Award combining its ‘subtle’ colouring, significant form and striking salt glaze to create a very elegant sculptural work.

“Auckland artist, Gavin Chai received the Darfield Dental Award for his ‘small yet sophisticated’ work that draws the viewer in with subtle colours and a strong composition while last year’s Premier Award winner, Henry Turner, received the Local Businesses Award for his watercolour, Yellow Arches.

“The Survus Consultants Award went to Steve James for his Spring Snow, an oil painting in the tradition of Canterbury landscape painters such as Archibald Nicoll and AA Deans.”

Other award winners include Darfield resident Jan Mitchell, West Melton artist Helen Stevenson, Christchurch artist Philip Beadle and Tai Tapu printmaker/photographer John Maillard.

“Our thanks for the success of Darfield Artweek go to many local volunteers and supporters, our Premier Award sponsor, Orion, and a large group of business sponsors, including Survus Consultants and Darfield Dental. In particular, the artweek committee, ably chaired by Lorraine Natusch, did a fabulous job of organising the whole event.”