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King’s Birthday Weekend 2024 More art – More people

Whitianga Lions Club ART EXPO 2024 – A Wonderful Show

This was clearly the best Whitianga Lions Club’s Art Expo yet – more variety and with a new feature, the Youth Exhibition, the Town Hall was a-buzz over the three-day holiday. The project manager for the Whitianga Lions, Mike Brown, said his club was well delighted with the results of their effort.

Friday evening opening was a grand affair. Nibbles and drinks provided a warm welcome for the opening night crowd. A feeling of positivity and goodwill filled the air.

There were 585 individual exhibits. The art varied from trinkets at $5 to art pieces well over $500. This year an added feature was the exhibition of youth art which was part of a Secondary Schools Art Competition sponsored by the Art Expo.

At 6.30pm the winners of this competition were announced. The largest number of entries came from Whangamata Area School though MBAS entries were close behind. First place went to Rin Otsubu, Whangamata Area School for her acrylic painting, ‘Beach Hop Mania’. Second place was a beautiful oceanside photo- graph by Liam Roger, Mercury Bay Area School (MBAS), and third place went to Euan Stewart, MBAS, for his Aerial Summertime View.

Jenny Cotterell, judge of the competition, spoke of the high level of artistry and the variety of mediums in the entries. This aspect was definitely a success and will be included in future expos.

Whitianga Lions Club wishes to thank all the sponsors for their support. Thanks also go to the Thames District Council for providing the premises at a reduced rental.

The Informer and the town wish to thank the Lions Club members for giving their time over this past weekend to make this Expo possible. Well done, men and women of Whitianga Lions.

Euan Stewart

Euan, 17 years and a Year 12 student at MBAS, is very keen on aerial photography.

He is pleased to have earned third place in the art competition.

“I am aiming to be able to capture moments and different dimensions of scenes in my aerial photography. It is not easy but I’m learning all the time about photo-graphy and videography.

Euan explains that the videos he makes are relatively simple but he is slowly getting more skilled. 

“There is a lot of planning and considerations involved when you go out with your drone. First there is the weather to consider; property access is first and then, is it a controlled air space? If there are people involved – how to get appropriate permission, and then on the day at the actual site, there are decisions to make. Nothing is exactly as you plan.   

I like landscapes but I am willing to explore other styles.

Euan has recently applied for a Drone Operators certificate. “You need this to operate within 4km of an aerodrome or airport.” He is doing the theory aspect which is quite involved. As part of his study at MBAS, Euan enjoys the Plane Build programme and intends to study some form of engineering when he is finished at college. Aerospace engineering is on his mind.

 |  The Informer  | 

Whitianga Lions Club ART EXPO 2024 – A Wonderful Show

This was clearly the best Whitianga Lions Club’s Art Expo yet – more variety and with a new feature, the Youth Exhibition, the Town Hall was a-buzz over the three-day holiday. The project manager for the Whitianga Lions, Mike Brown, said his club was well delighted with the results of their effort.

Friday evening opening was a grand affair. Nibbles and drinks provided a warm welcome for the opening night crowd. A feeling of positivity and goodwill filled the air.

There were 585 individual exhibits. The art varied from trinkets at $5 to art pieces well over $500. This year an added feature was the exhibition of youth art which was part of a Secondary Schools Art Competition sponsored by the Art Expo.

At 6.30pm the winners of this competition were announced. The largest number of entries came from Whangamata Area School though MBAS entries were close behind. First place went to Rin Otsubu, Whangamata Area School for her acrylic painting, ‘Beach Hop Mania’. Second place was a beautiful oceanside photo- graph by Liam Roger, Mercury Bay Area School (MBAS), and third place went to Euan Stewart, MBAS, for his Aerial Summertime View.

Jenny Cotterell, judge of the competition, spoke of the high level of artistry and the variety of mediums in the entries. This aspect was definitely a success and will be included in future expos.

Whitianga Lions Club wishes to thank all the sponsors for their support. Thanks also go to the Thames District Council for providing the premises at a reduced rental.

The Informer and the town wish to thank the Lions Club members for giving their time over this past weekend to make this Expo possible. Well done, men and women of Whitianga Lions.

Euan Stewart

Euan, 17 years and a Year 12 student at MBAS, is very keen on aerial photography.

He is pleased to have earned third place in the art competition.

“I am aiming to be able to capture moments and different dimensions of scenes in my aerial photography. It is not easy but I’m learning all the time about photo-graphy and videography.

Euan explains that the videos he makes are relatively simple but he is slowly getting more skilled. 

“There is a lot of planning and considerations involved when you go out with your drone. First there is the weather to consider; property access is first and then, is it a controlled air space? If there are people involved – how to get appropriate permission, and then on the day at the actual site, there are decisions to make. Nothing is exactly as you plan.   

I like landscapes but I am willing to explore other styles.

Euan has recently applied for a Drone Operators certificate. “You need this to operate within 4km of an aerodrome or airport.” He is doing the theory aspect which is quite involved. As part of his study at MBAS, Euan enjoys the Plane Build programme and intends to study some form of engineering when he is finished at college. Aerospace engineering is on his mind.