Helen Winter with her art works at the Tasman Visual Arts Group Spring Exhibition. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Plenty of variety at spring exhibition


Tasman Visual Arts Group put on a colourful show for locals over the weekend when hosting their annual spring exhibition.

Around 29 artists showcased their art at Stoke Memorial Hall over three days, with acrylic, oil and water colour paintings, mixed media pieces, mosaic, book art and more.

Helen Winter says she enjoys being part of the group’s exhibitions, especially when people come and ask about the artworks.

“It’s just about getting your artwork out there and your name known”.

Helen has been painting since 2000, joining the group when she moved to Nelson.

“As a child I was always interested in drawing and all that sort of thing, coming up here and learning how to paint has been brilliant and I’ve met so many lovely people,” she says.

The show offers the opportunity to see artists demonstrating and talking about different media.

Sandy Waaka of Stoke also had several pieces on display.

“I’ve worked in acrylics, pastels, water colour, I’ve tried a bit of everything, and then I saw a glass paint tutorial on YouTube and I decided to have a go,” says Sandy. “I quite enjoy it, it’s just the surprises you get because you can’t really plan [the painting].”

Sandy enjoys meeting the public at exhibitions.

“And you see so many different types of artwork, it’s nice finding out why people do it.”

The Tasman Visual Arts Group is a not-for-profit organisation, encouraging and supporting fine arts of any kind in the Nelson/Tasman area.

For more information on the group, check out their Facebook page – Tasman Visual Arts Group.