Chinese miners portrayed

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An exhibition celebrating Arrow­town’s original Chinese gold miners opens at Lake Hayes’ Amisfield Winery & Bistro this coming Monday. Arrowtown artist Jenny Mehrtens says Miners Gold – including this oil (left) entitled Digger – was inspired by the miners’ expressions and clothing. 

“The plight and look of the Chinese miners fascinated me, so far from home in such a tough and hostile environment. I had to paint them to better get to know them.” 

The exhibition – coinciding with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold – runs until November 5.