Colourful exhibition on show
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.
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‘‘ I’ve been painting watercolours ever since I was a child, but I’ve also worked in oils and acrylics. ’’
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.
Artist Victoria Hales with one of her works, ‘‘Marilyn Monroe’’.