The Whanganui Glass Festival was a great experience last weekend. The whole town was buzzing, and there were glass artists, glass enthusiasts and glass events everywhere.
|Nick Mount blows glass at Chronicle Glass with assistance from Katie Brown|
|Karen Ellett holds one of the pieces from her Mainstreet display|
Each artist had selected pieces for the display, and each was accompanied by an ID photo.
|Rachel Ravenscroft, Nigel Jones and Kerry McDonnell featured in the window of Kathmandu|
On Saturday night there was the official opening, and the charity auction. Whanganui people raised nearly $20,000 for Hospice Whanganui and the Whanganui Glass Group - a wonderful effort, and a credit to their generosity and that of the artists. At left Whanganui Glass Group Chair Lynne Vinsen thanks coordinator Larinae Steward for all her efforts, and at right Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson shares his enthusiasm for glass. Two of Katie Brown's works feature in the foreground.
|Enthusiastic bidders crowd the auction floor|
|Emma Camden's Flyer was a feature of the auction|
Of course, there was much more to my weekend - studio and gallery visits, conversations with artists, lots of new information and yes, a few acquisitions. We all had a great time, and Whanganui is to be heartily congratulated.