Joanna uses art as in­tro­duc­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A new col­lec­tion of art from an artist new to Mata­mata, is on dis­play at the West­pac Bank.

Joanna Grant, an acrylic and mixed me­dia artist has sev­eral of her favourite pieces on dis­play, as well as avail­able for pur­chase.

The dis­play is part of the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Inc, with 20 per cent of the pro­ceeds from any pieces sold, go­ing to­wards the build­ing of the new wing at Pohlen Hos­pi­tal.

New to the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity, Grant and her hus­band moved here from Auck­land 14 months ago, and have made them­selves at home, get­ting in­volved in many groups and mak­ing great like minded friends.

Grant is en­joy­ing the Mata­mata art scene, and is a mem­ber of the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Inc.

‘‘Mata­mata’s art scene is quite good, there’s lots of tal­ent here.’’

She has joined the Mata­mata Quilt and Craft group, which she is en­joy­ing, and is also help­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Firth Tower book drive.

It was while in Auck­land 12 years ago that she dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for art and quilt­ing, and met her in­spi­ra­tion in a teacher at com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘She was fan­tas­tic, she gave me ideas about what’s out there.’’

Grant started with oils, but

PHOTO: REXINE HAWES

Joanna Grant is ex­hibit­ing her work at the Mata­mata West­pac bank this month

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