Art Group Nelson president Nicole Russell with one of the 109 artworks currently on show this month at Wall to Wall Art Gallery. Photo: Kate Russell.

Small artworks result in big exhibition

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A big collection of small artworks has taken up residence at Nelson’s Wall to Wall Art Gallery.

There are 109 pieces from 31 artists in Art Group Nelson’s ‘Exhibition of Small Artworks’ which is on now until the end of August.

It’s a slightly different format for the group’s annual winter exhibition, which is usually held at the now earthquake-prone Stoke Memorial Hall.

“We weren’t sure if there would be a winter exhibition at all so it’s very exciting for us that we can make it happen,” says president Nicole Russell.

“We looked around for places and it was quite tricky to find somewhere that was available for a long as we needed.”

A wide variety of subjects, styles and media in the exhibition show off the range of talent in the region’s largest art group, which comprises of both amateur and professional artists.

“Every artist is so different. For most members it’s a hobby. They don’t do it for commercial reasons, they do it because they love it – it’s their creative outlet,” says Nicole.

She says the exhibition is a great opportunity for local art lovers to support local artists.

“The support we’ve been getting is great, people have been shopping local.”

All works are for ‘Cash and Carry’ sale, and this year, the group created the ‘Jeff Connell Award’ in honour of the late member, which has been presented to Heather Plowman for her piece ‘Winter Sun.’

‘Exhibition of Small Artworks’ runs until 31 August at Wall to Wall Gallery, 112 Bridge St.