Prized paint­ing helps surf club

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BERNIE GRIF­FIN

They say char­ity be­gins at home. And it all started in Ti­tahi Bay.

The artist was from Ti­tahi Bay, the buyer was from Ti­tahi Bay and the re­cip­i­ent of the funds was from Ti­tahi Bay.

On Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments, Lord of the Rings celebrity artist Daniel Reeve placed an easel in the mid­dle of Te Rau­paraha Park and be­gan cap­tur­ing the scene in front of him.

He worked through a gusty southerly among a milling fes­ti­val crowd of thou­sands. A labour of love for sure. In fact, it is now also a snap­shot of his­tory.

Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments had again brought to­gether all the colour, di­ver­sity and cul­tures that lie at the heart of Porirua’s vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties, as it has done for nearly a quar­ter of a cen- tury, show­ing what Wai­tangi Day can re­ally mean.

The painted snap­shot is there for pos­ter­ity. But it is not on public dis­play. Reeve’s fes­ti­val paint­ing now hangs in an uniden­ti­fied Ti­tahi Bay home.

The owner bid anony­mously for the paint­ing in a char­ity auc­tion on Trade Me. The pur­chase price was $606. It was a bar­gain in the cir­cum­stances, be­cause the paint­ing’s mon­e­tary value will surely in­crease.

But the owner says it’s the story be­hind the paint­ing – the gen­eros- ity and tal­ent of the artist, the unique pro­duc­tion and the fact it all hap­pened on the day – that makes it so spe­cial.

Each year the fes­ti­val adopts a theme from the el­e­ments of Earth – fire, air and wa­ter. This time it was wa­ter. Pro­ceeds from the sale have gone to the Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club.

A cheque was handed over last week at a cer­e­mony in the club­house, where peo­ple were able to look out across the wa­ters of the bay.

On dis­play was the Reeve paint­ing, ap­pro­pri­ately a wa­ter­colour.


Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club and Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments sup­port­ers cel­e­brate the sale of the paint­ing. From left, Robin Jones, Carolin Hel­ten, Daniel Reeve, artist, Michael Kelly, Judy McKoy, Maria Kelly, Bob Cater; at back, Ata McGre­gor, Tane Kelly, Mar­garet Ar­mour, Roger Hynd, kneel­ing, Mar­garet McDow­ell, Liam McDow­ell, Mike Kelly.

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