Sculp­tor gives up op­por­tu­nity

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity, but Et­trick sculp­tor An­drew Barr has had to give up the chance to take his art to Welling­ton next month as part of the NZ Art Show. ‘‘When we crunched the num­bers, it was a lot of money to chase a dream,’’ Mr Barr said, ‘‘and I have got to bal­ance it against our fam­ily and the mort­gage.’’ One of just three artists from the south of the South Is­land among the 300 artists se­lected for a dis­play be­fore the main show, Mr Barr was ner­vous wait­ing to hear if he had been ac­cepted. ‘‘There were more than 500 ap­pli­ca­tions for the show; we had to send in pho­tos of ex­am­ples of our work and a state­ment of our phi­los­o­phy and then wait to see if we were ac­cepted,’’ he said. ‘‘It is a great place for emerg­ing artists, and a lot of more fa­mous peo­ple have got their start from there.’’ Al­though he was thrilled to have been cho­sen to dis­play his work, he has had to be prac­ti­cal about things. Mr Barr would have had up to five pieces on show, but the stone he has been work­ing with lately has bro­ken at cru­cial times and in awkward places, and it has been dif­fi­cult to en­sure he had enough pieces to take north. ‘‘I would love to move from Oa­maru stone to mar­ble and al­abaster as it is so much bet­ter to work with, al­though I have got on to some Mt Somers stone which is more re­li­able.’’ Mr Barr has been work­ing with stone for six years, first be­com­ing in­ter­ested when he was stuck in an In­dian vil­lage for two weeks with no money and wait­ing for his stolen pass­port to be re­placed. ‘‘There the whole vil­lage worked in soap­stone and I had a chance to try it out. ‘‘I find the Te­viot Val­ley an in­spir­ing place to live, I love the con­trasts and the lines in the hills and I try and repli­cate it in the stone,’’ he said. Also ac­cepted to ex­hibit were Jil­lian Por­te­ous, of Cromwell, and Clin­ton War­ren, of In­ver­cargill. The show is ex­pected to at­tract 10,000 peo­ple, with $300,000 in sales made on open­ing night last year.

Matariki cel­e­bra­tions

Fri­day, June 21, 6pm

Whakaru­ruhau, En­ter­prise St, Alexan­dra

Photo: CHE BAKER 628073705

Cel­e­bra­tions: Dun­stan High School kapa haka group mem­bers Canaan Napier, 16, Ca­jun Stringer, 16, Jor­dan Napier, 18, Mal­colm Glover, 16, and, front, Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Trust team leader and youth worker Sharon Waples, Ta Ao Huri rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mary-anne Ta­mati and Dun­stan High School Maori teacher Richard Fer­gu­son are ex­cited about cel­e­brat­ing Matariki, the Maori new year, in Alexan­dra on Fri­day.


Re­al­ity check: Et­trick sculp­tor An­drew Barr and his 3-year-old son Ge­orge with one of the pieces he would have taken to Welling­ton next month for the NZ Art Show.

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