Showcasing our top art
While life is still far from our old “normal”, CAN is focusing on catching up on exhibitions and events that were affected by this year’s lockdown. The building was buzzing with excitement as the 61 pieces of work arrived for the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Art Review Exhibition and Awards, postponed from September. The review is a selected exhibition showcasing art excellence in Hawke’s Bay, and was revived as a biennial competition by Creative Arts Napier in 2017. Open until Thursday, December 9, entry to the public is free. Submissions were invited from local emerging and established artists in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, multimedia, design, textiles and ceramics from artists nationwide who have close connections to Hawke’s Bay. CAN received a record 174 entries, which were sent unnamed to our selector Tyson Campbell to view digitally. The beauty of a “blind selection” is that the artwork is judged on its merit only. We have been thrilled that some of the artists selected are young and emerging and this is their first experience of being selected to exhibit. One such artist is Max Crossan, 20, who is studying for his bachelor of creative practice at Idea school, EIT. At the gala opening last Friday, Tyson announced the winners of the Gordon Harris/Team Coldicutt Premier Award of $2000 plus six highly commended awards to the value of $200 each. The premier award was awarded to Russell Mayne for his landscape painting Kaimanawa. The highly commended honours were as follows: the Edges Art + Framing Award went to Mark Simpson for Hauaru Kite Rawhiti, the Humanity Books and Fine Arts Award to Judith Milner for Pit Stop, the Boyd Dunlop Gallery Award to Helen Kerridge for Nigel Looks Up, the Hawke’s Bay Inkers Award to Patrick Tyman for Sunflowers, the Bay Canon Award to Jani Dixon for In the Garden and the Blue Wall Award to Max Crossan for Dystopian Landscapes No.6. Thank you to all of our supporters who made this event possible. Next on the calendar is the CAN Christmas Makers Market, with a preview night on Friday, December 10, from 5-7pm, wheer you can indulge in some pre-Christmas retail therapy. Locally made art is not stuck in containers on the ocean, it’s right here at CAN. Just a reminder to scan in, socially distance and wear a mask while you’re here andwe hope to see you soon. ● We look forward to welcoming you to CAN, 16 Byron St. Ask us about the benefits of becoming a Friend of CAN, and don’t forget we are open Monday to Saturday, 10am4pm, and Sunday, 10am-2pm. As CAN is a registered charity. Info: 835-9448, thecan.co.nz or Facebook.