The creativity of New Zealand artists was celebrated recently in Alexandra at the Arts Gold Awards 2019.
About 200 people attended the two-yearly event at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.
Paul McLachlan, of Wanaka, won the Arts Gold Supreme Award and $5000.
The $3000 Perseverance Estate Central Otago Artist Award winner was Dorothy Piper, of Alexandra.
Gavin Chai, of Auckland, won the $2000 Centago Mining Merit Award and Rosalind Moseby, of Invercargill, won the $2000 Otago Central Rail Trail Merit Award.
A $1000 Tall Poppy Real Estate Viewers Choice Award will be drawn on the closing night of the Arts Gold Award Finalists exhibition on November 8.
The guest speaker was Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson, who talked about the importance of creative industries and his affection for Central Otago – “the most beautiful countryside in the world”.
Art gave people the “ability to reflect ourselves”, he said.
The minister spoke of the importance of arts to New Zealand, how they contributed to mental health and strengthened community.