Kai­tan­gata art ex­hi­bi­tion

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

Kai­tan­gata pho­to­graphic artist Anne-Marie Davis is in the throes of or­gan­is­ing a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in the town next month.

It’s quite pos­si­bly the first of its type Kai­tan­gata has seen.

The idea came to Davis when she was clean­ing peo­ple’s houses.

The for­mer Auck­lan­der and Mt Eden gallery owner, who has lived at Kai­tan­gata for about seven years, was in­trigued by the qual­ity and va­ri­ety of art work she saw: ‘‘The peo­ple were very mod­est about their work, but it got me think­ing about the di­ver­sity and range of cre­ativ­ity in our com­mu­nity.’’

She de­cided to or­gan­ise an ex­hi­bi­tion so other peo­ple could see it too.

So far, 68 artists have agreed to take part. Their works will draw from an eclec­tic range of me­dia; pot­tery, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, em­broi­dery, cake dec­o­rat­ing, print mak­ing, wa­ter colour, wood­work, knit­ting, quilt­ing, jew­ellery and live mu­sic, in­clud­ing bag pipes. They and their works all have a strong con­nec­tion to Kai­tan­gata, and Davis is hop­ing more will come on board.

The event ties in with the restora­tion of the for­mer Kai­tan­gata Post Of­fice into a res­i­dence and cre­ative space by owner Colin Smith, who will also be an ex­hibitor.

The down­stairs will be used as a gallery for the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be held on Satur­day March 17.

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Kai­tan­gata ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­iser Anne-Marie Davis with some ex­am­ples of artists’ work to be ex­hib­ited at the show in March.

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