Plim­mer­ton artist ex­cited about up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion


Fran Zukowski has been paint­ing for only five years, but don’t let that fool you— she’s good.

The Plim­mer­ton painter has been work­ing on sev­eral works for her lineup, which will be on show at the in­au­gu­ral Mana Arts So­ci­ety sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens this week.

Zukowski, orig­i­nally from South Africa, has ex­hib­ited paint­ings around Welling­ton since she moved to New Zealand three years ago, but said she was look­ing for­ward to show­cas­ing her work in her own com­mu­nity.

‘‘I will be one of about 30 artists, which means there could be more than 70 paint­ings on dis­play. It’s go­ing to be a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to other ex­hi­bi­tions be­cause its lo­cal, but it will be nice. I’m ex­cited,’’ she said.

Zukowski started paint­ing while she was liv­ing in Mel­bourne and was in­spired by the nu­mer­ous gal­leries she vis­ited there.

‘‘My whole fam­ily is arty and were al­ways do­ing cre­ative things. I sup­pose I just caught the bug.’’

Paint­ing is Zukowski’s full­time oc­cu­pa­tion. Pre­vi­ously she worked as a per­sonal as­sis­tant.

‘‘I love that I have this op­por­tu­nity to paint.’’

She uses oil paints that are wa­ter mix­able.

‘‘I just start paint­ing. I rarely have an idea. Usu­ally I start off do­ing one thing and it ends up as some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. It’s quite fun.’’

Zukowski has three paint­ings in the up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be held at the Mana Arts So­ci­ety clu­b­rooms at Plim­mer­ton Do­main. It runs on Fe­bru­ary 13 and 14, and Fe­bru­ary 20 and 21.

Ex­hi­bi­tion co-or­di­na­tor Jill Sut­ton said there would be a range of art us­ing dif­fer­ent medi­ums.

‘‘It’s a real mix,’’ she said. ‘‘There will be some tra­di­tional paint­ings and some more ab­stract than oth­ers.

‘‘An­other thing is that ev­ery­one is from the Porirua re­gion and are all mem­bers of the Mana Arts So­ci­ety.’’ To view some of Zukowski’s work, go to face­ fran­bone­sart.


Fran Zukowski will have three of her works on show at the up­com­ing Mana Arts So­ci­ety sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion.

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