It’s a rare opportunity to see a snapshot of the strength of Whanganui’s arts scene in one show.

One Hit Wonders is on at Space Studio and Gallery for two weeks and features 36 works, each from a different Whanganui artist.

The gallery’s second-to-last show for the year was organised by Rachael Garland in her usual December spot in the gallery on Taupo Quay.

“Normally we have a group show but this year I thought it would be nice to have a massive crowd,” she says.

“The pressure of making four, five, six works to go in a group show and trying to have coherent show where the works all work together is really hard but with this more people were willing to commit to it.

“It’s only one work, which is achievable at this time of year.”

The show launched on Saturday and will run until mid-December.

“It’s going to be quite a cool show. Quite an eclectic show. We’ve got glass, jewellery, painting, pint making, ceramics and photography.

“It will be a really good showcase of what’s going on in Whanganui. I think it’s healthy and there’s lots going on behind closed doors, people are pushing boundaries, doing their own thing.”

*One Hit Wonders is on at Space Studio and Gallery until December 16.

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Feature photo: Glen Hayward’s A Spiral of Black Paint Enacted via a Phonograph is one of 36 Whanganui art works on show at Space Studio and Gallery.

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