Popular exhibition making its return

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by Alexia Johnston

One of Aigantighe Art Gallery’s most popular annual exhibitions will return tomorrow night.

The RSM Law Plunket Art Show attracts up to 6000 people during opening weekend and this year organisers are hoping for the same response.

Show fundraising committee chairwoman Di Hay said the exhibition, which attracted people from far and wide, generated some of the gallery’s busiest foot traffic.

The show, which is into its 41st year, features works by 43 artists from around New Zealand.

The collection includes ceramics and glass works, along with acrylic, oil, water colours, abstract and landscape paintings.

Ms Hay said tomorrow night would be open to ticket-holders.

The general public will be able to view the exhibition from Saturday until it closes on June 10.

People who attend the opening night will also get a chance to bid for the artworks.

The highest bidders will be announced at the end of the night, but those works will remain on display throughout the exhibition for others to admire.

Art works not purchased on opening night will be available for people to buy at the catalogue price.

Money raised will go to the Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust’s Timaru branch.

“They decide [what it is spent on], based on the need, but it stays local and that’s really important,” Ms Hay said.