Cel­e­brat­ing Kaikohe spirit

Northern News - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

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.

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