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Visitors offer a unique view on Otago, and a collection of Hampden and Moeraki-inspired art from the last 165 years is set to show it off.

The Hampden Presbyterian Community Church and Cultural Centre has gathered reproductions of artwork done by visitors to Hampden and Moeraki from across the country for an exhibition running from tomorrow until Friday, January 10.

Alison MacTavish, one of the exhibition organisers, said the exhibition offered people the chance to see Hampden and Moeraki from the perspectives of different people.

“They were people of all sorts, from Sir William Fox, four times Premier of New Zealand, through surveyor John Turnbull Thomson to painter Frances Hodgkins.

“They all tell fascinating stories about what they saw and why they were here,” she said.

The exhibition was “a treasure trove . . . not only of visual images but also of stories” from the area, Mrs MacTavish said.

Money to pay for the reproduction of images was sourced through the Community Organisation Grants Scheme and meant, after the exhibition, images could go to the community library to continue showing the history of the area.

“That’s very pleasing, it’s kind of like reclaiming your past.”

The exhibition would take place at Hampden’s Lawson Presbyterian Church.

There would be a donation box at the exhibition, but if people could not donate they would still be welcomed, Mrs MacTavish said.

A beach art day with “a sand sculpture symposium, a driftwood art competition and a photographic workshop” was also to be held but was delayed to January 18 due to the bad weather.

By David De Lorean