Saxton gets ready for biggest art expo yet

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Saxton Stadium will come alive with art this Labour weekend, as the fourth annual Art Expo Nelson gets ready for its biggest show yet.

170 artists, including 50 from outside the Nelson and Tasman region, will showcase a range of unique and affordable art over the three-day expo, ranging from painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, jewellers and more.

Project manager Nic Foster, says that this is the first year they have opened up the expo to artists from the rest of New Zealand, and he has been pleased with the positive response. “Having out of town artists will really freshen up the show, and it will also give locals a chance to see some new artists, which is great,” he says.

“We’ve got a great community of artists in the top of the South matched only by great art lovers. Like previous years, we expect to see lots of people over the weekend enjoying the art, meeting the artists and staying for a few hours to really soak up the atmosphere.

“Nelsonians should stay local this long weekend – there are heaps of free things on and it’s a great opportunity to really enjoy our city.”

Local artist Brian Strong has been in the expo every year since its inception, and says it’s a really beneficial way to promote his work.

He also says it’s good that the expo has been tied in with the Nelson arts festival this year.

Art Expo Nelson will be held at Saxton Stadium from Saturday 24 October – Monday 26 October from 10am. Door sales: $5 adults, $4 concession, or $10 for a three-day pass. Under 15s are free.