Last Friday night, Lawrence celebrated the opening of the Lawrence Art Competition exhibition which drew 40 entries nationally.
The theme was ‘‘our land’’ and was open to all media including sculpture and textiles.
Lawrence Summer Arts committee member Maureen Cummings said she was delighted with the calibre of the works on show.
‘‘The interesting approaches taken by artists made for a diverse and satisfying display of both emergent and established artists,’’ she said.
The competition even drew entries from three generations of artists from one family.
About 150 people attended the first open weekend and opening event last week, which was designed to coincide with the Century Farms Celebrations last weekend.
Tuapeka-Lawrence Community Company community, events and tourism co-ordinator Rachel Taylor said people were invited to vote for their favourite entry, as award winners will be selected by people’s choice.
The first prize is $2500, and the winner will be announced after votes are counted on May 30.
The exhibition opens this weekend at the Touchstone Gallery in Ross Pl and entry is free.
‘‘The Touchstone Gallery is in the old town hall and it is a significantly historic building,’’ she said.
‘‘It has been wonderful for the community to be drawn together once again in this fine building built in the 1870s.’’