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Four-way tie for Kapiti art prize settled by last few votes

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Article, Front Page Layout

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Amanda Sattler with daughter Ani, checking her portait in mum's winning work.

JUST one vote separated Amanda Sattler from three other artists when she won the people’s choice award at Waikanae’s Mahara Gallery.

They were in a four-way tie until the last day of three weeks of voting, during which 455 people made their choices.

Because it was so close, special gifts were awarded to the three runners-up, Willy Cooper, Phil Quinn and Cushla McGaughey.

The award, part of the SELECT/ed: Kapiti-Horowhenua Annual Review, attracted 225 entries from 138 artists of all ages and backgrounds, showing ceramics, mosaics, fabric, multi-media and paintings.

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YOUNGEST EXHIBITOR : Merit award winner Jamie Lewis (7) with his dinosaur.

A former freelance illustrator from Australia, Ms Sattler, Paraparaumu, says she was “stoked” when told earlier in the week that she had won.

Her portrait of six-year-olds Ani (her daughter) and nephew Rua captures what she calls a rare moment of quiet intensity.

This is the first time she has exhibited a portrait, so winning is a real confidence boost, she says.

Mahara Gallery director Janet Bayly says people who voted for Amanda commented on the vivacity and sense of life in the portrait, and liked the positive, affirming image of children.

Janet says the response has been fantastic, with the show attracting about 2500 visitors so far and strong interest shown by local businesses wanting to sponsor the awards.

This is the Mahara Gallery’s third review, which has seen a 69% increase in entries from last year.

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JUDGE'S CHOICE: Open award winner Stephanie Cahorel with her ceramic creation, Adam and Eve.

Judges – New Zealand arts patron Gillian Deane and Wellington gallery director Mark Hutchins – selected the final 76 pieces for the show and awarded the opening night prizes.

Mark Hutchins says the successful works have “real presence”. Open award winner Stephanie Cahorel’s clay Tree Story: Adam and Eve has aesthetic merit and is exceptional in both its interpretation and expertise.

A Raumati artist, Stephanie says it is recognition of what she has achieved since winning the emerging artist prize last year and helps open doors for future exhibitions.

Some 21,000 people have visited the gallery this year, slightly up on last year. Plans to extend the gallery premises are under review.

The review runs until Sunday, with most of the artwork for sale.

People’s Choice Award ($200) sponsored by Barista Boys and Picture Perfect Framing.

Opening night award winners:

  • Open Award ($1000 sponsored by John Mowbray Collectables) : Stephanie Cahorel.
  • Highly Commended ($500 sponsored by Landlink): Daisy Wood.
  • Student Awards ($250 each sponsored by Finman Services, Angus McDonald): Stuart Zohrab (Paraparaumu College), Rochelle Maroon-Neale (Whitireia Polytechnic).
  • Emerging artist ($200 sponsored by Barry Herbert): Sharon Hall.
  • Merit Awards ($100 each sponsored by Kapiti Signs, Ambrosia Patisserie, Adrienne Bushell, Mahara Gallery): Jamie Lewis (Kapanui School), Miriama Grace-Smith, Kimbra Taylor, Lance Hirst.
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