So­ci­ety keen to bring art to the peo­ple

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

Kaik­oura Arts So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Moira Howard is step­ping down af­ter seven years in the role.

Larry Field was nom­i­nated to take over the po­si­tion at the so­ci­ety’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last month, along with a larger com­mit­tee of eight peo­ple to help pro­mote and move the so­ci­ety ahead af­ter a dif­fi­cult year.

Field said they wanted to in­crease mem­ber­ship num­bers and do more com­mu­nity-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

The so­ci­ety’s an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion, nor­mally held in Novem­ber, will move to a time later in sum­mer to cap­ture more vis­i­tors in town, and get a change of venue.

Field said they wanted to de­vise new ways of bring­ing art to the com­mu­nity. Ideas ranged from a street ex­hi­bi­tion to art demon­stra­tions at the School­yard Mar­ket.

‘‘In the past many mem­bers had not been ac­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘We are hop­ing to en­cour­age more mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate and be more in­volved with the ac­tiv­i­ties of the so­ci­ety.’’

The 61-year-old so­ci­ety had found some new en­thu­si­asm af­ter a dif­fi­cult year though, Field said. They lost the use of their ex­hi­bi­tion space and work rooms on Beach Rd ear­lier this year. In the mean­time, artists have been hang­ing their work in cafes and re­tail out­lets and even on­line auc­tion sites.

Mem­bers meet on Thurs­day af­ter­noons at Homewood Hill Gallery, where owner Karen James of­fered them a tem­po­rary space to paint, how­ever they are still search­ing for a per­ma­nent space.

Last year’s ex­hi­bi­tion was sup­posed to com­mem­o­rate 60 years since the found­ing mem­bers held their first ex­hi­bi­tion, but three days in the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earthquake hit and a lot of work was dam­aged.

Field said it was a mess. A lot of the display equip­ment was de­stroyed and many of the frames were bro­ken and there was glass ev­ery­where. The ex­hi­bi­tion stopped on the third day, he said.

One of the dam­aged paint­ings, Wendy Smith’s pas­tel ‘Surfs Up’, was pierced with a hook when one of the stands fell on it. Smith said it now looked like a surfer catch­ing a wave.

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