Artist a fan of Pataka awards

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

David Ab­botts says the large kiwi in his paint­ing may have been the clincher.

The Pukerua Bay res­i­dent won the viewer’s choice prize in last year’s Pataka Friends Arts Award. He earned $500 for his ef­fort, a large oil work that fea­tures a mas­sive kiwi su­per­im­posed on a tra­di­tional New Zealand land­scape.

‘‘ I was re­ally sur­prised and grat­i­fied to be ac­knowl­edged like that, es­pe­cially when I’m so crit­i­cal of my own work,’’ he said.

A de­signer by trade, for Pa­cific Wall­cov­er­ings in Els­don, Ab­botts said he had been paint­ing most of his life.

He has an in­ter­est in ecol­ogy and en­dan­gered species.

He said the art awards were fan­tas­tic for show­ing off the talent in the city, and that a flour­ish­ing arts and cul­ture is a pos­i­tive sign of a healthy so­ci­ety.

The awards is open to artists who work, live or study in Porirua, and work must have been com­pleted in the past year.

Or­gan­iser Carolyn Wal­lace said it was open to all art forms, from paint­ing, print, col­lage, pho­tog­ra­phy and tex­tiles, to pot­tery, glass and sculp­ture.

‘‘ It brings so many fab­u­lous artists out of the wood­work,’’ Wal­lace said.

‘‘It’s great for Porirua and the sup­port of Pataka and vis­i­tors [to the ex­hi­bi­tion] is so won­der­ful.’’

The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tions and get­ting an en­try form to Pataka for this year’s awards is Au­gust 11.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Au­gust 21 and the ex­hi­bi­tion open from Au­gust 22 till Septem­ber 21.

The win­ning piece of art will re­ceive $ 1000, a highly com­mended en­try will get $750 and the viewer’s choice award win­ner col­lects $500. All art will be for sale. En­try costs $10 for stu­dents and $20 for oth­ers.

Go to the Pataka re­cep­tion or pataka.org.nz for in­for­ma­tion.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Kiwi win­ner: David Ab­botts’ oil paint­ing earned praise in last year’s

art awards at Pataka.

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