Colour­ful ex­hi­bi­tion on show

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - OUT&ABOUT - ELENA MCPHEE

Rai Val­ley pain­ter Vic­to­ria Hales prom­ises plenty of va­ri­ety and colour in her new wa­ter­colour ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open­ing next week.

The artist, orig­i­nally from Christchurch, is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of her work, ‘‘Rain­bows’’, in Blenheim be­gin­ning on Oc­to­ber 15.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture por­traits of celebri­ties such as Mar­i­lyn Monroe and John Len­non as well as paint­ings of her own fam­ily, ab­stract works, nudes and a cou­ple of works fea­tur­ing vintage cars.

Hales said ‘‘colour­ful’’ would be the word she would use to de­scribe the ex­hi­bi­tion.

She thought paint­ings of celebri­ties were ‘‘fun’’ to work on.

‘‘Peo­ple like them be­cause they recog­nise them.

‘‘Usu­ally paint­ing is hard work but there are oc­ca­sional mo­ments of fun.’’

She had been paint­ing ever since she was four years old, she said.

While liv­ing in Christchurch she had held about three ex­hi­bi­tions of her work.

‘‘I’ve been paint­ing wa­ter­colours ever since I was a child, but I’ve also worked in oils and acrylics.’’

Wa­ter­colours were a ‘‘won­der- ful medium’’ which pain­ters could do a lot with, she thought.

She had been paint­ing ‘‘on and off’’ for most of her life but de­cided to re­ally fo­cus on it about three years ago.

‘‘I de­cided that cre­at­ing was re­ally im­por­tant to me.’’

Hales said she had been in Marl­bor­ough for the last four years.

She left Christchurch af­ter the sec­ond ma­jor earth­quake and moved to the top of the South Is­land to be closer to her fam­ily, most of whom lived in Blenheim.

Her par­ents had been ‘‘very sup­port­ive’’ of her art and even pro­vided the venue for her ‘‘Rain­bows’’ ex­hi­bi­tion.

Life in the Rai Val­ley was quiet and con­ducive to paint­ing, she said, although she did not work on land­scapes.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs to Oc­to­ber 31. Phone 03 577 6492 to view.

COL­LEGES FU­TURE

A de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of Blenheim’s two col­leges is ex­pected by the end of the year, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion says. The dead­line for the de­ci­sion was ini­tially June this year but min­istry spokes­woman Ka­t­rina Casey said more in­for­ma­tion was needed. The min­istry was ex­plor­ing three op­tions for Marl­bor­ough Boys’ and Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­leges; two schools on one site, one co-ed­u­ca­tional col­lege or re­pair their ex­ist­ing sites. ‘‘The Gov­ern­ment can­not make de­ci­sions un­til it has all of the in­for­ma­tion be­fore it, and no ac­tion can be taken un­til those de­ci­sions are made by the end of this year,’’ Casey said. The op­tion favoured by the Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity, a sin­gle site with two sep­a­rate schools, re­quired ‘‘a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment of many mil­lions of dol­lars’’, and a full busi­ness case needed to be pre­pared, Casey said.

HIGH TOLL

The sui­cide toll within the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Health Board re­gion has risen to its sec­ond high­est level since records be­gan. Pro­vi­sional sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Chief Coro­ner on Tues­day showed there were 18 sui­cides in Marl­bor­ough and Nel­son in the year to July 1. The only other year where more sui­cides were recorded in the re­gion was 2011-2012, when 24 peo­ple died by sui­cide. Na­tion­ally there were 564 sui­cides in the year to July 1. This to­tal was 35more than the pre­vi­ous year and the high­est num­ber of deaths since records started in 2007. Chief Coro­ner Judge Deb­o­rah Mar­shall said it was dis­ap­point­ing that a drop in the num­ber of sui­cides ob­served last year had not con­tin­ued.

‘‘ I’ve been paint­ing wa­ter­colours ever since I was a child, but I’ve also worked in oils and acrylics. ’’

MORE FARMS

Two new salmon farms in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds will be up and run­ning later this month. New Zealand King Salmon has been work­ing on get­ting the farms ready since April last year when it won a Supreme Court de­ci­sion al­low­ing it to ex­pand its oper­a­tions in the Sounds. NZ King Salmon en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance man­ager Mark Gil­lard said the farms at Wai­tata Reach and Ngama­hau Bay were close to com­ple­tion. A third far­mat Rich­mond Bay, would not be ready un­til 2017.

PHOTO: DEREK FLYNN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Artist Vic­to­ria Hales with one of her works, ‘‘Mar­i­lyn Monroe’’.

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