Art on show at expo 

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By Robyn Bristow

Artistic talent will be showcased at the upcoming Rangiora High School PTA Art Expo.

Twenty-eight local artists will be displaying their work in the school’s Rakahuri Building on East Belt from 3pm to 9pm on Saturday, October 27.

There will be a range of mixed media art, including garden, wire and metal
creations, New Zealand-themed stone work and innovative ceramic art.

There will also be two unique jewellery makers who will be showing off their
designs, and student art work will also be exhibited.

Karina Skerten, a self-taught artist, and Jackie Saunders, a ceramic artist,
will be two of the exhibitors.

Karina’s art has evolved and grown over the years and she is always trying
something new. Other than painting, she puts her skills to the test on furniture restoration and other “crafty things”.

She loves to mix and explore with new mediums, but favours acrylic and
always mixes in anything that will add texture and depth to her work.

Born and raised in Dublin, she has been living in Rangiora for 24 years,
mainly selling her work via exhibitions and businesses. She also does
commissioned works.

Jackie Saunders  … Jackie is largely self taught and spends every day exploring new ideas and new methods. Hungrily learning, nourishing her soul and her mind. Photo: Supplied

Jackie, who lives at Leithfield, traded a hectic business career to pursue her passion for art and creativity.

She spends every day exploring new ideas and new methods and finds the enormous diversity of ceramics incredibly stimulating, due to the infinite possibilities of technique, firing methods, and the many art forms it encompasses.

Having always lived close to the sea, Jackie finds great inspiration there, treasuring the windswept dunes, the swaying beach grass, driftwood, shells and the colour palette of the sea, sand and sky.

Jackies work is for sale from her studio or online at Christchurch Art.com.

Tickets are $15 each, which includes a glass of bubbles or juice on arrival, and nibbles while enjoying the art. Tickets are available from the Rangiora High School office, Rangiora Showcase Jewellers, and Propaganda Rangiora.