Art Trail opening simply grand

All photos by Soenke Dwenger

More than 125 people packed into the Woodlands Function Centre for the grand opening of this year’s Huntly and Districts Art Trail.

Co-ordinator Judy Cole was delighted with the turn-out, and says guests were greeted at the door with a bubbly South African wine, platters of bread, cheese and dips.

“As well as a wonderful display of arts and crafts from around the region.  Gina Hendricks gave an excellent talk on notable South African artists throughout the last century, then Lyndsay Tisch officially opened the Trail.”

More than 40 artists took part in the two-day event, which included work from from Waerenga to Ngaruawahia and Gordonton, by way of Te Kauwhata, Glen Murray Road, Ohinewai and Huntly.

Some of the work on show at Woodlands included etchings, mosaics, pumice carving, paua pictures, fabric art, quilting and embroidery, floral art and sculptures.

“This is a chance for the public to see all the talent that abounds in the district. There really is so much going on by very talented people.”

The entertainment was rounded off with music by Annelien Botha and her friends, singing and playing traditional SA music.

“And Andy, our resident DJ at Woodlands, played a medley of background music he had composed from his repetoir throughout the evening.

It was a great night all round and many people went to the Art Trail, which has had a lot of good feedback.”

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