Porirua artists like a fine wine

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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