Children’s works of art on display

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Face off . . . Bayfield High School art pupil Natalie Copson (14) helps to set up the school's annual art exhibition. PHOTO: JOHN LEWIS

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

With Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote in mind, Dunedin art lovers may be looking at the work of a future world-famous artist when they peruse the displays at Bayfield High School’s annual Peninsula Art Exhibition next week.

Bayfield High School arts co-ordinator Sally Vorgers said hundreds of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and crafts would be open for the public to view at the school, from Tuesday until Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm.

The artworks have been contributed by nine schools on the Otago Peninsula, including Tahuna Intermediate, as well as artworks by year 9-13 pupils at Bayfield High School.

This year’s exhibition is called “A picture is a poem without words”.

Unfortunately, none of the artworks are for sale, Mrs Vorgers said.

“It’s more there so that the primary school kids can come in and see their work displayed.

“We organise and host this exhibition yearly to promote, foster and encourage the arts, as well as bringing our community together for a celebration of our students.”

She said a prizegiving evening would be held on Thursday, where winning pupils from the contributing schools would be acknowledged.