Hub given aesthetic boost

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Art adorns the walls of Wanaka’s new community hub. It is an exhibition of sorts — showcasing the latest offerings by some of the district’s artists — and the concept is here to stay.

Step inside the Wanaka Community Hub and expect to gaze awhile at the splendour of the new state-of-the-art facility and the art on the walls.

The facility, home to a range of social groups and agencies, opened to the public this month.
It features a foyer, then a hallway accessing offices and a large community room.
Each of the rooms features art works, courtesy of Wanaka Arts and its talented members, who have leased the space to showcase their works on a regular basis.

The idea of a rotating art display was pitched to the Wanaka Community House Trust and as the saying goes, ‘‘the rest is history’’.
Wanaka Arts president Vicky Fulton said the group had contributed an art hanging system throughout the space to ensure works could be added and removed easily, without damaging the walls.

The art work will change every 12 weeks.
‘‘We will change [the display] regularly so it’s fresh for the hub and if they sell, the artists have an opportunity to put another one up for the remainder of that time, so, it’s a win-win,’’ she said.

‘‘We all have art hanging around, we don’t always sell what we create so it’s really nice to be able to hang them somewhere, sell them or show them somewhere.’’

There are 21 works supplied by 16 artists this quarter in a range of mediums, including oil, pastel, mixed-media, acrylic, photography and encaustic.

Wanaka Community Hub manager Gina Treadwell welcomed the concept and described it as a ‘‘win-win’’ for everyone involved.
‘‘[It meant] we would have fantastic art on the walls and [the artists] would have a great place to showcase local art.’’
She said the idea, when first put to other trust members, was met very positively.
‘‘Everyone saw it as a win­win.’’

It had also created a sense of ownership between the public and the hub.
‘‘The community hub really is starting to become the first port of call for residents for a great many things — coming to look at art will take time, but as more of the community are aware of the displays, we hope this dimension will become a real drawcard for people coming to visit.’’
Ms Treadwell said an opening and closing night each time a new set of artworks was hung would be considered for the future.