Painting supports environment
A painting symbolising the need for everybody to do their bit to help the environment has won a special award.
‘If We All Pull Together’ by Sandy Wright from Opua has won the Cheeky Challenge, a competition run by the New Zealand Artist Magazine.
The acrylic painting shows a kestrel, tui, and a kea flying a flightless kiwi with ribbons - a metaphor for if kiwis can be helped to fly, impossible challenges can start to become possible.
Wright - a member of the Bay of Islands Painting Group - says she was persuaded to enter the Cheeky Challenge by the group who said it would be a good fit for the ‘Environment’ theme of the 2017 competition.
‘‘The painting is based on the idea that as individuals we are struggling with environmental issues we are facing at the moment,’’ Wright says.
‘‘I thought if we all do our bit then the impossible things can become possible and the kiwi in the image was a good symbol for that.’’
Wright entered the awards three months ago, and found out in the recently released November/December issue of the magazine.
Not only did the painting win the best acrylic creation, but it also won the overall award.
For her efforts, Wright received a $500 voucher and an entry and a stand at the 2018 Dunedin Art Show.
‘‘It still makes me smile, and I keep looking at the painting and smiling,’’ Wright says.
‘‘It’s lovely and an achievement especially because we have some amazing painters in New Zealand.’’
Painting is still a relatively new hobby for Wright, picking up a brush only four years ago, after a previous career in England where she restored photographs.
Her style has particularly developed in the last couple of years, inspired by the Bay of Islands where she has lived for the past 11 years.
‘‘I tend to concentrate on birds, and I like them to be very realistic, because we get them in the garden, we wake up to the tui and go to sleep with the morepork.
‘‘I like my paintings to tell a story and perhaps make people smile.’’
The Cheeky Challenge was judged on layout, technique and emotional pull towards the environment. A special fundraising dinner has raised close to $40,000 for Hospice in the Mid North.
The Art and Collectables Auction and dinner held on October 27 at the Turner Centre raised $38,081 which will purchase five syringe drivers, which help patient’s comfort levels.
Hospice Mid-Northland fundraising and awareness manager Adele Woodward says they are both honoured and humbled by the support they received.
‘‘From the business community, Northland Regional Corrections Facility’s award winning arts programme, Springbank School, Hospice volunteers and local residents via sponsorship, time and art and collectable donations,’’ Woodward says.
‘‘It’s about coming together as a community and how every donation counts – big or small.’’
The night had a record attendance level at 300 people with Shane Jones (MC) and Eric Rush as the guest speaker.
The Kerikeri Lions were in attendance at the auction and have since donated an additional $2500 to purchase a syringe driver after the Hospice was invited to speak and show syringe drivers in action at a November meeting.
Opua painter Sandy Wright with her painting ‘If We All Pull Together’.