KAT Walsh and Blake Parton, five months, enjoy the art. D7690-16

THE inaugural Art in the Garden in Opotiki last weekend has been hailed a big success, with an estimated 150 people a day visiting the exhibition.

Organiser Bev Vellenoweth, of the Opotiki Art Society, which held the show jointly with Arts Whakatane, said the perfect weather helped the show, which included a diverse range of art from the society as well as several guest artists, including Fenella Fenton, Jeff Thomson, Malcolm Akehurst, Yvette van Raiders, Ripeka Mihaere, Diane Chillcott and Liz Grogan.

“We were blessed with the most amazing weather and we had wonderful musicians playing, which made it all pretty special. There was a steady stream of people … an average of about 150 a day.”

The show was held over Labour weekend at the picturesque property of Dean and Sharon Petersen, with views over Ohiwa Harbour.

“We had several good sales, not a lot of sales, but it was just wonderful that people could come and recognise Whakatane and Opotiki artists.

“The event had a wonderful feeling to it and it is such a stunning garden to have it in. We had lovely food and that went down really well.”

Ms Velloneweth said the event was a massive task to organise and the society’s committee would have to decide whether to make it an annual event.