Andrea Sexton is the McIntryre Dick Art Awards Overall Winner with her work "From Mullan's Road" which also received the Environment Southland "Our Environment" award. Come in and check out Andrea's award winning work this week. She has two other works in the show: "Looking out to Gemstone" and "Bluff Cod". Andrea says "The Western Southland Coastline is still my most favourite in all of new Zealand. The rawness and overwhelming sense of history is inspiring. The abandoned buildings in town with weathered signage, the protective Longwood Range and locals sluicing for gold at Gemstone Beach remind us of earlier times. Goldminers came from near and far to try their luck in such an unforgiving environment. The trees still remain. Austere, bent, and resilient. These remain to be focal points of the landscape and continue to be represented in my work. I have many favourites that I hope continue to remain, long after I'm gone.
The pieces I have created for this show are a snap shot of both pride and wonderment of our Southland. Not enjoyed in isolation but with friends and family from near and far. I studied Craft and Design at art school in Dunedin during the 90s and went on to Teachers College shortly after. I work in both 2D and 3D mediums - painting, mixed media and soft sculpture and have exhibited in many group shows since 1992. I am fortunate to have sold a number of works throughout New Zealand and recently overseas. Currently I am head of Technology at Aurora College and teach Materials/Fabric Technology to Year 7 to Year 13 students. I love working alongside the young people of Southland, encouraging them to develop their ideas and build life-long skills."