BRANCHING OUT: Sam Brierly is a bonsai artist and although he has entered many national bonsai competitions, Molly Morpeth is the first for him in the arts world. Photo supplied

THREE Eastern Bay artists are among the 55 finalists selected in the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D 2020 awards.

The 55 finalists have been selected from throughout New Zealand and include Whakatane clay sculptor Susanne Boonen, Linda Clews and bonsai artist Samuel Brierly.

Judging of the finalists will be done by Ruth Watson, a senior lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland and 2015 Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award recipient.

The winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, February 15, and the exhibition of the finalists’ work will be held from February 16 to April 12 at the gallery space at Te Koputu, Whakatane library and exhibition centre.

Prizes in the competition include a major award of $10,000, a runner-up award of $4000, a Youth 3D Award of $2500, as well as other monetary and merit awards.

 

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