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The Waikato Society of Arts is once again hosting the 2018 Painting and Printmaking Award with new energy and insight! We value the support shown by artists for this high profile exhibition and this year are focusing on attracting more entries from a wider range of individuals – senior, mid career and emerging - in the fields of painting and printmaking. Art in the 21st c shows a diversity of approaches and we want to genuinely reflect that and encourage national participation. Art awards such as this would not exist without patronage and we are delighted that The Philip Vela Family Trust will once again offer the premier prize of $20,000. Such a significant prize is hugely beneficial to an artist – be that someone just setting up a studio, or someone who has made a long-term commitment.
This year we have invited painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell from Australia to be the 2018 judge. In a career spanning thirty-five years, Canberra artist Dianne Fogwell has had many solo exhibitions locally and interstate, and participated in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She has made a major contribution to the arts community in Canberra through her art practice, teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios. Her work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Artbank, Australian War Memorial, Canberra Museum and Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Australian National Library, Art Institute of Chicago (USA) and the National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington, USA), The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami USA. We feel fortunate to have a judge of this calibre selecting the exhibition and judging the award.
Dr. Carole Shepheard.

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Forest Lake School is holding an art auction to raise funds with reception starting at 6 pm for the auction at 7 pm, on Thursday 22nd June. Full details are available on the attached PDF file