The Stratford Arts Society exhibition, opening this Friday, is a vibrant, exciting, and eclectic mix of artwork and tends to fill every spare corner we have.

This exhibition boasts approximately 300 works, most for sale, and showcases the diverse talents and skill-base of the group's members.

The Stratford Art Society plays a pivotal role in fostering the arts in the Stratford region and further afield. It organises workshops for its members and encourages social events where members can build relationships with other like-minded people.

The autumn exhibition is made up of a wide range of works including pottery, jewellery, prints, photography, original paintings, sculpture, fibre, textiles, woodwork and crafts.
Prices are always reasonable and individuality and creativity abounds.

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The society is enjoying continued vitality at the moment with increasing membership, with more than 200 members, and with interest from artists from as far afield as Wellington and the Waikato.

The group also supports and encourages artists, both emerging and established, at local, regional and national levels. Members are all ages, all backgrounds and a myriad of different styles and medium.

You are welcome to attend the opening event this Friday evening.

Have you visited Percy Thomson's Gallery's new retail shop, Percy's Place? It is located in the former KiwiBank premises in Prospero Place, adjoining the gallery.

The boutique shop offers a diverse range of artwork, predominantly created by local artists, and has been hand-picked by the gallery director.

Gift vouchers are the perfect choice for those occasions when you want to give something special and unique, but are not confident about choosing art for another person.

Percy's Place gallery shop has pottery, photography, ceramics, jewellery, a large selection of scarves, felted garments, textiles, prints and an impressive range of original oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings.

Much of the work is influenced by the local environment in which we reside. Mt Taranaki and local landscapes feature strongly, which is ideal for those wanting to send gifts overseas.

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Most days one of the contributing artists will be on hand to chat with.

However, we are still looking for suitable volunteers who may wish to work a day or so per month. No retail background is required, just a friendly smile and the ability to engage with visitors. Assistance will be available from gallery staff.

Stratford Arts Society exhibition opening: 7pm, Friday, May 5.
Percy's Place is open seven days per week: Weekdays 10.30am-3.30pm, weekends 10.30am-2.30pm.