Porirua artists like a fine wine
The oldest art society in Porirua is staging an exhibition of paintings at Summerset retirement village in Aotea.
A female foursome whose combined ages are 348 are showing their work for the next month, but it is not for sale – it’s just a way to keep active and show their talents.
‘‘It’s nice for the young ones to know we’re not all dotty,’’ said the oldest painter, 97-year-old Dorothy Shea.
Paddy McMillan, 84, organises regular exhibitions on a wall of Summerset’s recreation building. In the past she has shown quilts, bone carvings and photography.
‘‘ We’ve put on all sorts of exhibitions. There is some wonderful work in here,’’ she said.
Fellow residents have been impressed with the acrylic, watercolour and pastel works on display.
‘‘They said, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could paint like that’.’’
Mrs McMillan used to be a fulltime potter, and later turned to painting.
She established one of Wellington’s first ‘‘ arty places’’, the Gingerbread Gallery in Mana Ave.
She and Mrs Shea have long been involved in the Mana Arts Society, and June Gunn, the youngest member at 83, has involvement with the Attic arts club at Gear Woolshed.
Mrs Gunn was also instrumental in establishing a women’s arts society in 1968 which became the Hartham Women’s Centre.
Barbara Hefford, 84, has attempted to start a social painting group at Summerset.