Celebrating Kaikohe spirit
Painters, carvers, knitters, sculptors and artists of all kinds will combine to showcase in the Spirit of Kaikohe exhibition.
While the event has been running for several years, two exciting projects came out of last year’s event, says Kaikohe Community Arts Council chairperson Karla Tawhai.
Sasha Wilson wished to continue making her colourful creations which she exhibited last year, and she established the gallery Te Pu o te Wheke Arts in the space used for the exhibition, Tawhai says.
Fellow artist John Heywood, a painter, now runs art classes at the Pioneer Village following demand from the 2016 event.
Tawhai says the aim of the event is to bring artists out of the woodwork.
‘‘To get the ones who make art at home, who don’t normally exhibit - to exhibit with practicing artists.’’
With a $5 per piece entry fee and no commission fees taken from sales, Tawhai says the popup event is a cheap way to get exposed.
While some of the artists live out of the town, they may have grown up in Kaikohe or gone to school there, Tawhai says.
‘‘There are so many talented people in our little town.
‘‘Everyone has a connection to the town and they want to support Kaikohe.
‘‘That is why it is called the Spirit of Kaikohe.’’
Tawhai says she knew some people who did art work in their homes and encouraged them to exhibit.
‘‘I would say I know you make candles, and then they start to encourage their friends.
‘‘It’s really neat to give them that platform.’’
Over 50 artists featured their work last year.
Tawhai, who has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, says the gallery and exhibition brings ‘‘a bit of culture and a bit of something different to the town’’.
‘‘It’s always been a great exhibition - people like seeing their work on display.
‘‘I like seeing their excitement and passion.
‘‘The pride just glows out of them.
‘‘It’s really awesome to see that.’’
❚ The exhibition is at Te Pu o te Wheke Arts, 81 Broadway Kaikohe from June 24 to July 9 from 10am to 2pm.
Karla Tawhai with work from the art unit at Northland Region Corrections Facility, to be showcased in the Spirit of Kaikohe exhibition. Sasha Wilson (with her octopus creation from the 2016 exhibition) and Karla Tawhai ahead of the Spirit of Kaikohe exhibition.