Society keen to bring art to the people
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.