Col­lec­tion of art on dis­play at cen­tre

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HATTAN

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.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Alan Baylis and Joanna Grant in front of this month’s art­work on dis­play at West­pac.

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