Good sales made at Lions’ first art expo

08 Jun 2021

Ian Robbie, president of the Lions Club of Whitianga, is pleased with how the first Lions Art Expo went. The expo was held in the Whitianga Town Hall over Queen’s Birthday Weekend (Friday, 4 June to Sunday, 6 June).

Just under 300 artworks by mostly local artists were for sale. The Lions received a percentage from all sales as a fundraiser for the building project of the Whitianga MenzShed.

“Thirty-eight artists exhibited at the expo,” says Ian. “The opening on Friday evening was very busy and on Saturday and Sunday, we’ve seen a constant flow of visitors. Some good sales were made and once we’ve done all the numbers, we hope to be able to donate a sizeable amount to the MenzShed.

“We’ll be talking to all the artists who participated in the expo to find out what we can do better next time. Their support is invaluable and we would like to think the expo is an opportunity for them to sell some of their work that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them.”

The Whitianga MenzShed maintained presence throughout the expo and was able to provide some information about their activities and sell some of the product their members make, including wooden doormats and chopping boards. “The expo was great,” says Kevin Robinson, MenzShed treasurer. “There was a lot of interest in what we do and we now even have a waiting list for some of the products we’ve had available for sale.”

Pictured: Some of the Whitianga Lions who were helping at the expo on Sunday morning. From the left - Erwin Penwarden, Judy Lee, Libby Maconaghie, Gilly Needham and Ian Robbie.