During Artex the viewing public have the opportunity to choose their favourite artist and be in the draw to win an Air and Vacation Travel Voucher. Patrons are invited to fill in a form, which is in the catalogue, identifying their favourite artist. At the end of the event the entries are tabulated and the artist with the most votes is awarded the Searle Travel Art Award. This is a prestigious monetary award to the artist who is “The People’s Choice” and is a reflection of the most popular paintings on display.
The People’s Choice artist of 2019 and 2018 was Heather Denison. Heather is a full time artist who works from her studio in the countryside of Hawke’s Bay. Painting exclusively in oils, her work focuses on our connection to the natural world. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and won several awards, with paintings held in private collections in NZ and overseas.
Our thanks go to Searle Travel for making this Award possible.