Jan’s life­time of art

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KEL­LEY TANTAU

An ex­hi­bi­tion will be held this month to cel­e­brate Hamil­ton artist Jan Glover’s 75 years - the ma­jor­ity of it she spent mak­ing art.

Ab­stract Mine Enigma Ret­ro­spec­tive, will be held at Wal­lace Gallery in Mor­rinsville, an area she is fa­mil­iar with, and will show­case a num­ber of her works.

Glover said the neigh­bour­ing town of Te Aroha was where her heart lies.

The old fam­ily house over­looked the Catholic Church and the Pres­by­te­rian Church and dur­ing a storm, the stained glass por­tico and the ve­ran­dah were lifted across the roof and ended up in the back­yard, Glover said.

Fur­ther along the street were the Angli­can Church and the Methodist Church.

‘‘I fre­quented them all and did mes­sages for the nuns. I re­mem­ber vividly the clois­tered ex­is­tence they had.’’

The mine at Wairon­go­mai also in­ter­ested Glover, where gold was found in 1881. Her fa­ther was born Wairon­go­mai and he went on to fight in the war.

Glover then worked for 40 years at Waikato Dioce­san School for Girls teach­ing art. When she started in 1968, she said she was ‘‘young and shy’’.

But she was top of the class in that sub­ject her­self when she was at school, de­spite hav­ing to ‘‘fight for it’’ as art wasn’t con­sid­ered an aca­demic sub­ject.

Glover’s art­works in the ex­hi­bi­tion are in­spired by her faith, her fam­ily and the gold mine, where she used to make huts with her friends. It will open this Satur­day, be­tween 11am-1pm. It will run for four weeks and con­clude on Fe­bru­ary 26.

Hamil­ton artist Jan Glover will host an ex­hi­bi­tion in Mor­rinsville this month, co­in­cid­ing with her 75th birth­day.

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