Paint­ing sup­ports en­vi­ron­ment

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

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’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.