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'It's the real thing'

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Mandy Hague, TLC graduate and artist, has won two awards in the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards.

Presented by Arts Whakatāne in association with Whakatāne Museum and Arts, the awards are dedicated to excellence in art across contemporary and traditional painting genres. They celebrate the development of painting and drawing on a national level and reward artists who create outstanding works.

Mandy’s painting, ‘It’s the Real Thing’, received the Local Artist Award and also scooped up People’s Choice, with her work receiving the most number of votes. Eighty works were selected for the exhibition out of a total of 430 entries by sole guest judge, Felicity Milburn.

Mandy Hague – 'It's The Real Thing' 
Entry #321
It’s the Real Thing.
©2017 Mandy Hague
Materials: Acrylic on cotton rag paper.

Winner of People’s Choice Award $500 (Law Creative Group)

Winner of Local Artist Award $500 (Ross and Kay Boreham, Accounting Biz Limited)


“This work was one that really sang out to me when the entry first came in. Contrasting a delicate organic ecosystem with the all-too-familiar shape of the ubiquitous plastic soft drink bottle, this understated but exquisitely observed work plays with ideas of containment, protection and authenticity. There’s a sense of mystery about whether the bottle is destroying the delicacy of the environment or whether the environment is actually taking over the bottle.”

Felicity Milburn, Judge 2017

View other exhibiting artists and their selected works at www.mollymorpethcanaday.co.nz

The 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing exhibition was on display at the Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre in Whakatāne.

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  • Sarah
    05/05/2017 7:18am (7 years ago)

    Love it. Well deserved. Always liked following Mandy on the TLC students work page.

  • Elissa Smith
    05/05/2017 3:30am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations to Mandy. It is a worthy winner.

  • JoyO
    05/05/2017 2:03am (7 years ago)

    Lovely! I choose to see the environment taking over the bottle. Then transfer that thought out to the whole planet!