Writer’s art shows ‘fas­ci­nat­ing’ peo­ple

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

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.

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