Collection of art on display at centre
This month instead of just one artist’s work, a whole collection is on display at Westpac.
From Shirley Frew’s patchwork through to Mike Gaeng’s birds, a feast for the eyes will welcome all to the bank for the remainder of October.
Alan Baylis and Joanna Grant are just two of the artists who have work on display.
As a self-taught painter, one day a friend introduced Alan to watercolours. He says his favourite part about being involved in art is the other artists he gets to meet.
It’s also great to learn off other artists involved in the Matamata Art Society, he says.
Alan hasn’t really exhibited work before. ‘‘I’ve sold one or two privately but I’ve never really put them into exhibitions.
‘‘Coming from England, there were just so many good artists so you felt a bit intimidated. But coming to a small town, you feel more relaxed and you just want to show things.’’
He says it’s an amazing feeling to know the public can now see his work. ‘‘I’ve always thought it was never good enough.’’
Joanna started painting ‘‘quite some time ago’’. She first dabbled in oils before moving to acrylics 10 years ago, about the same time she started quilting.
She says it’s great to have different mediums available to get involved in through the Matamata Art Society.
‘‘I enjoy mixed media, I was doing that up in Auckland.’’
Like Alan, Joanna says it’s amazing to see her artwork on dis- play for the public to see. She also thought it was a great idea that of any work sold, a percentage would go to a community facility. ‘‘That’s the bonus.’’
Last month two paintings were sold so a good donation will be going to Pohlen.
Alan and Joanna won’t be involved in this week’s Matamata Art Society exhibition, but many other art society members will have work on display.
Art work from the recent Matamata Primary School exhibition will also feature.
The exhibition will be held at the Matamata Memorial Centre.
The official opening is this Friday at 7.30pm. The exhibition will then be open from 10am-4pm Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. Admission is $5, students free.
Alan Baylis and Joanna Grant in front of this month’s artwork on display at Westpac.