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See local artist Ira Mitchell create a work of art at Friday's opening evening.

See local artist Ira Mitchell create a work of art at Friday’s opening evening.

I’ve been seeing a lot of signs around town for this Art@Ohoka event that’s coming up.  It got me curious and I wanted to find out a bit more.

The exhibition opens with a pretty swish sounding evening on Friday 17th October.  Canapes, champagne and the chance to see artist Ira Mitchell creating one of her stunning canvases live on stage.  But it also runs for a full day on the Saturday.

It’s a chance to see works by a variety of premier local artists with everything from landscapes to sculpture and the organisers are keen that the event not be seen as something just for arty types.  “The whole point of it is to bring art to the community…so everyone can experience these works” says Barbara Lucas, who is a member of the Ohoka School PTA sub-committee who are organising the event.  There will also be art works for sale with prices ranging from $50 upwards.

But it’s not just about looking at art.  You can also try your hand at it.  This year, for the first time, the event will include a number of workshops that allow people to get hands on and create their own art work.   So if you’ve always wanted to have a go at mosaics or wondered how to create an impressionist masterpiece, this could be your chance.

Workshops are reasonably priced, just $5 for a 90 minute session on mosaics or $10 for a 45 minute session on clay.  They include all the materials required and at the end of it you come away with something you’ve created whether it be a clay mask, a watercolour painting or a cartoon giraffe.  Most are also appropriate for both adults and children.  Currently there are still a few spaces left on the majority of the workshops, except for the watercolours one, which has sold out.

Details:

Art@Ohoka runs Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October at the Ohoka School Community Hall.

Tickets for Friday’s opening evening must be pre-booked and cost $30 per person.

Saturday is a $5 entry fee payable on the door and the exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm.

Workshops must be pre-booked.

For further details or to book workshops contact artatohoka@gmail.com or call 03 312 6531.

 

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