Writer’s art shows ‘fascinating’ people
Dolly Varden Chambers wears many hats.
A stunning collection of her art, just one of her many talents, is available to view and purchase at Westpac this month, which is an exhibit for members of the Matamata Society of Arts.
A percentage of any work sold will go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service.
She will also have work included in the Matamata Society of Arts Inc Exhibition, starting October 14-16 at the Matamata Memorial Centre.
Dolly has been a member of the Society of Arts since she moved to Matamata and is possibly its longest standing member.
Her collection at the exhibition is small due to her writing commitments, another strong passion.
Dolly wrote a play Don’t Call Us, which was performed at the Matamata Dramatic Society earlier this year, and is the sixth play she has written.
Writing talents notwithstanding, Dolly is no stranger to the stage, but in recent years has dedicated her talents as a director and writer over being a cast member.
‘‘I’ve been on stage most of my life. I started out being trained in England and learned all the basics.’’
‘‘I've been on stage most of my life. I started out being trained in England and learned all the basics.’’
Her writing talents don’t stop with her work as a playwright.
She has also written a childrens book Clara, the story of a snail, which is two books in one, and she is hopeful Random House will take it on.
Her next book Nick on stage, all about the theatre, is nearly ready for publishing.
Up until a few years ago, she was a member of the ‘‘Flat Hedgehog Band’’.
‘‘We played anywhere they asked us,’’ she fondly recalls of her band days.
But it’s her art that she loves the most.
‘‘I hope my work pleasures people. It pleasures me to do it, hopefully I pass that along.
‘‘Portraits are what I like the most and have been doing mainly. People are fascinating.‘‘
One of her portraits included in the exhibit at Westpac is, Still Learning.
It is taken from a black and white picture of a man concentrating on knitting.
‘‘He is not for sale because I love him. I have to keep him a bit longer.’’
Dolly VardenChambers has a collection of work available to view and purchase at Westpac, with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service.