Alexandra artist Denis Kent’s contribution to an “honourable” genre has been recognised with life membership of the Central Otago Art Society.
Kent was awarded the honour at the opening of the society’s Alexandra Blossom Festival Exhibition in Alexandra last week.
Society president Nigel Wilson said this was the 51st year Kent had exhibited at society exhibitions.
The artist said he was thrilled by the award and had “loved every minute” of his involvement with the society.
He sold his first artwork – a painting of Lake Hayes – for 10 guineas (about $25) at the first Central Otago Art Society exhibition he entered, in 1966.
Wilson said Kent “continued to grow” in his art and was one of the best in the “very honourable” field of New Zealand landscapes.
“Denis paints the hinterland – the lake or the river or the pristine forest. It’s classic and Denis does it very well.”
Kent also won one of the three highly commended awards at this year’s blossom festival exhibition.
Other prizes: Kerry Finch (Alexandra) 1; Ro Bradshaw (Arrowtown) 2; highly commended, Elizabeth Warnock Wilson (Wanaka) and Sheena Lassen (Roxburgh); merit awards, Kathi McLean (Earnscleugh), Derek Tait (Alexandra); black and white, Irene Dinnessen (Balclutha); Elizabeth Stevens Memorial Award, Melanie Eade (Clyde).
The Central Otago Art Society Alexandra Blossom Festival Exhibition continues at the Alexandra Community Centre until tomorrow. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on September 29 at 5pm.