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The Sun

Wednesday May 4, 2016

Friend’s portrait wins Story and photos by Cathie Bell A portrait of a friend by Picton artist Caroline della Porta is the winning entry in the Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards. Caroline was one of three local artists to win at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening, Her acrylic on board painting, Tu Mai Ra, was praised by the judges for its strongly emotional material conveyed by the weathered hands and face. She says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by the award. While she has been drawing ‘all my life’, this is only the second portrait she has painted, after one of her son. “I’m so happy to have been given this award in Marlborough. I’ve lived here 16 years, I love this place.” Her other passion is teaching children art, and she used her speech to encourage people to help her find a space where children could come to create art in a working studio environment. Blenheim photographer Simon Greenwood won two awards with his entry “Ghosts of Perano”, a digital photography artwork. Simon says he loves the electronic medium, ‘it’s better than the darkroom ever was’. “It has an undo button which I use all the time. I take my hat off to people who don’t use the undo button, or who don’t have it to use.”

The judges praised his work for its ‘exceptional detail’ and ‘skilful composition’. Marlborough Art Society president Peter Davidson says the number of entries is up on last year, and they are of a very high standard. “There is some very impressive work.” The awards attracted a wide range of entries from around New Zealand, with sponsor Anton James from Peters Doig Chartered Accountants saying about 40 per cent were from locals. Judges Wendy Murphy and Will Soward encouraged people to enter next year’s awards, and to enter open shows where it was possible to see your own work in relation to that of others. The best third of the 147 entries are on display at the Yealands Art Gallery in High Street, Blenheim. The awards were:

• Supreme award winner of $3000 : Caroline della Porta for “Tu Mai Ra” (acrylic on board); • 2nd prize MAS award of $1000 and the Mark Stevenson Patron’s Choice Award $500: Simon Greenwood for “Ghosts of Perano” (digital art); • 3rd Prize of $500 – The Nola Hurford Memorial Award Coromandel-based artist Barbara von Seida for “Coromandel Skyline” (acrylic); and • Highly Commended Marlborough Artist prize - Seymour Framing Award of $220 (artists supplies) : Graham Taylor for “Rivers Bend, Awatere” (oils)


Artist Caroline della Porta with her winning artwork and art awards sponsors Anton James and Tim McKendry from Peters Doig Chartered Accountants. RIGHT: Simon Greenwood with his artwork, Ghosts of Perano, which won two prizes at the Marlborough Art Society awards.



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BESA: Robeta is proud to annouce the arrival of her first baby boy, Karl Junior (2.88kg) on May 1, 2016 at 5.50am at Wairau Hospital. Special thanks to midwife Adriana Yianacou and all the maternity staff at Wairau Hospital.




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CULLEN: Damion and Adele are pleased to announce the safe arrival of a beautiful baby girl, Kayley (7lb 1oz) born April 6, 2016 at 3.08pm. A wee sister for proud brother and sisters Dustin, Caitlin and Sylvia. Big thanks to Gwen Costello and all the staff at the maternity ward. Photo provided.

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