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5 July 2018 - The Ashburton Society of Arts annual exhibition is open and an impressive selection of works from local and out-of-town artists awaits.
The Ashburton Art Gallery exhibition features more than 500 works from 158 artists, including eight guest artists.

  At Monday night's packed awards evening, a work from Methven artist and gallery owner Vashti Johnstone was announced as the 2018 premier award winner.
Called Winter Flyer, the work is mixed media on canvas.
Vashti Johnstone said she was delighted to win the  premier award.
The ``flyer'' represented a symbol of freedom and a bird's eye view of what lay below.
The artwork was a celebration of simplicity and she encouraged others to interpret it in their own way.
The artwork earned Ms Johnstone the Russell Moon & Fail Premier Award of $2000.
Hakatere artist Rhonye McIlroy won the Trustpower Water & Nature Award of $1500 for her work Elizabeth Grono New Zealand 1812.
Thirteen other works, including a vase, plywood side table, sculpture and paintings, won awards.
All artworks were judged by well-known Geraldine artist John Badcock.
Topp Twin, Lynda Topp, in her persona of Ken, offered a funny, non-artist interpretation of the chosen winners.
The annual exhibition runs until July 27 and the public is asked to vote for its favourite artwork in the People's Choice Award.
Winners of the 2018 Ashburton Society of Arts Awards
Russell Moon & Fail Premier Award $2,000 - Vashti Johnstone for Water Flyer.
Trustpower Water & Nature Award $1,500 - Rhonye McIlroy for Elizabeth Grono New Zealand 1812
Rothbury Insurance Brokers, Ashburton Merit Award $500 - Zita Waldron for Up the Rakaia
Rosebank Village Local Award $1000 - Ferne McIntosh for Threading of Time
NBS Local Merit Award $500 - Berttie Holmes for Algarve Inspired 2
Forest & Bird NZ Flora & Fauna Art Award $300  - Diana Peneamene for Eels
The Drawing Room Highly Commended Award $300 - Galina Kim for Whitebaiting
Kath Von Tunzelmann Memorial Watercolour Award $200  - Claire Forbes for Untitled 2
Gordon Harris Award $250 voucher - Paul Smith for Fractured Landscape
Frame-Co Highly Commended Award $200  - Geri Parawa for Untitled 1
Neumanns Tyres Highly Commended Award $200 - Brent Holley for Untitled
Latitude Magazine Miniature Award $250 voucher - Diana Marshall for Kaikoura Coast 3
Ashburton Contracting Limited Award $300 - Val Clemens for Reflecting Dunedin
Roco Promotional Printing Merit Award $300 - Marcia Scott for Plywood side table 2
Unique Jewellery Local Award $250 voucher - Joy Stack for Vase No. 1 


Methven artist and Undercoat Gallery owner Vashti Johnstone with her Winter Flyer painting.
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