Silent auc­tion boost for Lit­tle The­atre

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Porirua Lit­tle The­atre is hold­ing a silent art auc­tion to re­store its the­atre in White­house Rd.

Pres­i­dent Sandy Brewer said at least $200,000 was needed to save the the­atre ‘‘so we need all the help we can get’’.

Twelve works are in­cluded in the auc­tion, which can be seen at the Popup the­atre at 4 Lyd­ney Place and online at porirua lit­tlethe­atre.co.nz.

The auc­tion, ti­tled The Heart of The Bay, in­cludes work by Porirua Lit­tle The­atre founder Elli­nore Ginn.

A for­mer art teacher, Ginn has ex­hib­ited works in Christchurch, Auck­land and Wellington gal­leries, in­clud­ing the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and Gov­ern­ment House.

Mrs Brewer de­scribed her paint­ings as ‘‘ po­etic fan­tasy’’ with ‘‘faun-like peo­ple with sweet gen­tle faces, har­lequins, clowns, mu­si­cians, flow­ers and an­i­mals’’.

The auc­tion in­cludes work by 80-year-old Kapiti artist Cliff James.

He has ex­hib­ited work at Pataka Mu­seum, the for­mer Up­stairs Gallery in Kenepuru, and at Porirua’s Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

James first at­tended art classes in his late 40s through univer­sity ex­ten­sion and sum­mer schools.

He has fo­cused on wood sculp­ture re­cently, but keeps re­turn­ing to paint­ing ‘‘ when the need to work in colour over­takes me’’.

Other con­trib­u­tors in­clude award-win­ning Ti­tahi Bay artist Lynne Ig­gulden and Do­min­ion Post car­toon­ist Jeff Bell.

Bell was run­ner- up in the in­au­gu­ral Lis­tener Young Car­toon­ist Award 2013.

He has of­fered the win­ner of his auc­tion en­try the op­por­tu­nity to have his or her own car­i­ca­ture cre­ated.

Bids can be made un­til De­cem­ber 1 at Popup Porirua Lit­tle The­atre, 4 Lyd­ney Place, and online at poriru­alit­tlethe­atre.co.nz.

Art fundraiser: Porirua Lit­tle The­atre founder Elli­nore Ginn’s work is up for auc­tion.

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