The annual Arts Heart exhibition attracts many local artists

Art from the heart

by Ann van Engelen

Selwyn’s annual Arts Heart exhibition is on in April, and this year the organisers are encouraging entries from outside the district.

“It is a popular exhibition that gives artists good sales opportunities. Arts Heart started 20 years ago to meet the need to promote a variety of art in our district,” says organiser Suzanne Pickford.

“We now have three galleries and lots of events, with the inaugural Selwyn Arts Festival taking place last year. One of our earliest champions, local art enthusiast Rails Mackey has returned to the district with her husband Ross, and together they are back helping with the exhibition.

“Amy Adams, our local MP tirelessly supports our exhibition and always attends our opening along with many locals and business owners. Many of our artists have been long-term participants including Henry Turner, who is preparing for his ninth exhibition this year, having started at 12 years of age. His work has increased in value as he has become more well-known and he has published his own fictional, illustrated book, which will be available.

“The commission is only 15 per cent, and the low entry fee of $10 for members means people can grab a bargain of various styles and media, ready to hang. Limestone sculptures and craftwork will also be available.

Artists, both young and old, are encouraged to look through your drawers and search out your worthy works to sell.

“Being an artist is not easy, most people need to keep up their day jobs, so it is lovely if we can support them and have a genuine work of art on our walls to enjoy.”

Entries close March 29 with the opening on April 3. For more information email, or go to