Veins of Bebe’s babes run with paint

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

When Robyn Hall turned 40 her midlife cri­sis was dis­cov­er­ing she had art in the blood.

The Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent is the third gen­er­a­tion of artists in her fam­ily, who are putting on an ex­hi­bi­tion in hon­our of Hall’s grand­mother, Bebe Glading.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, Bebe’s Babes, will fea­ture art from Glading, three of her daugh­ters and two grand­daugh­ters. The artis­tic abil­i­ties stretch even fur­ther to Hall’s daugh­ter and a niece, but they will not be fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion this time.

‘‘I think some peo­ple do just have a nat­u­ral abil­ity. It’s pretty much in our blood. Peo­ple can cer­tainly learn it but their are some peo­ple who can just do it,’’ Hall said.

‘‘When artis­tic abil­ity is in your blood, as it is in our fam­ily, find­ing time for art and cre­ativ­ity brings a real sense of pur­pose and sat­is­fac­tion to your life.’’

Hall said her grand­mother did not start paint­ing un­til she was a widow in her 60s.

While Glading never had an of­fi­cial ex­hi­bi­tion, she would dis­play her art in the front gar­den for any­one from the plumber to the post­man to buy.

‘‘She was a bit of a character. I think she would be quite proud of us all.’’

Hall took art lessons in school but gave it up and it wasn’t un­til four years ago that she picked up the brush again.

‘‘ It wasn’t un­til my chil­dren be­came teenagers that I had time for a hobby. I thought it was time I got just got on with it and not leave it any longer,’’ she said.

‘‘I take one day off a week to try and paint. I’ve been re­ally en­joy­ing it.’’

The paint­ing styles and sub­jects vary but in­clude acrylic, oil, wa­ter­colour, and pen­cil.

Along with Hall and Glading, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures art­work from sis­ters Betty Bald­win, Janet Thom­son, and Sally Simp­son, as well as grand­daugh­ter Jan­ice Stocks.

It will also be the first time the fam­ily has been to­gether since Glading’s fu­neral 17 years ago.

‘‘You don’t get this op­por­tu­nity very of­ten. We might not get another chance,’’ Hall said.

Bebe’s Babes will be on at Pataka’s Bot­tle Creek Gallery from Oc­to­ber 16 till Novem­ber 9.

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