Jan’s lifetime of art
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.