Art among the engines

Peter Jackson (right) of Te Anau shows the president of the Vintage Machinery Museum, Brian Risk, how to play of one of his instruments. PHOTO: Alina Suchanski

The Fiordland Arts Society annual Easter Art Exhibition enjoyed a good number of visitors last weekend.

Fifteen artists from Te Anau, Manapouri, Invercargill and Dunedin showcased their art and craft at the exhibition, including photography, recycled glassware, pottery, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, wood work and felted wool art.

A novelty entry this year was a collection of contemporary Maori and Japanese wood and bamboo musical instruments hand made by a local exotic music instrument enthusiast, Peter Jackson. Also, Fraser Murdoch came back this year with his mechanical Steampunk teapots.

This is the third year the exhibition was housed at the Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum. The president of the Vintage Machinery Museum, Brian Risk and Pauline Nicholson both agreed that this was a good venue for the event.

"We get more people through the door and they get a good display area," Mr Risk said.

Mrs Nicholson said that the Art Society would like to get more artists for the next year's Easter Exhibition.

"This quirky, relaxed venue would suit people who'd like to give it a go for the first time."

Chris Watson won the People's Choice vote for his Boyd Creek photo printed on canvas.


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