Wanganui Arts Society awards young artist Chris Smith with exhibition



Chris Smith has been named a promising young artist by the members of the Wanganui Arts Society. Photo / Supplied

The Wanganui Arts Society recognized the talents of young artist Chris Smith with an exhibition of his work at the Cooks Gallery.

The 14-year-old student from St Anthony has taken after-school art classes taught by Rei Hendry and Barbara Vine for the past four years.

“I really enjoy drawing, painting and creating 3D models,” Chris says.

“I am inspired by the things I see around me and from books and movies like The Lord of the Rings.”

Mum Belinda says she’s not particularly artistic herself but likes to encourage her children’s talent.

His eldest son Martin received the Arts Society‘s Promising Young Artist Award a few years ago.

“Martin still enjoys doing art, even if we don’t work on projects together,” says Chris.

“I usually work at a large desk in my bedroom when I’m at home.”

Chris’s work will be on display at the Cooks Gallery in Trafalgar Place next week and there will be a celebration and presentation ceremony on June 22.

The Cooks Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays in June and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Wanganui Arts Society is a long-standing passionate group, sharing a cooperative vision to support friendships, exhibitions, workshops and outings.

Children’s art is being encouraged through after-school classes and vacation programs and they will be hosting a children’s art exhibit next month during school holidays.

The Wanganui Arts Society welcomes new members and can be contacted by email at



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