Prized painting helps surf club
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.