Club cel­e­brates 60 years of mak­ing art

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS BOYACK

‘‘We would re­ally, re­ally like some­thing like the old Up­per Hutt court build­ing and turn that in to an arts hub. That is my dream.’’

The Up­per Hutt Art So­ci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th birth­day with an open day and two new mu­rals, to raise its pro­file.

The club was started by artist Eric Brown with seven mem­bers, and a sub­scrip­tion of seven shillings.

In the years since the so­ci­ety had had a num­ber of homes be­fore set­tling on its cur­rent site in Ward St, Wal­laceville.

Pres­i­dent El­lisa Smith said the club had about 50 mem­bers and was in good heart.

‘‘It is go­ing pretty well but it is like most clubs, our mem­ber­ship is get­ting older and peo­ple leave.

‘‘We would like to at­tract some new faces.’’

It pro­vides a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, ev­ery­thing from body art and tu­to­ri­als, to por­trait paint­ing and life draw­ing.

Life draw­ing with a nude model is held ev­ery sec­ond Mon­day.

‘‘That is very pop­u­lar, we get peo­ple from Up­per and Lower Hutt, we get peo­ple from all over for that.’’

To help raise the club’s pro­file, Smith has painted two large mu­rals for their build­ing to be un­veiled by lo­cal MP Chris Hop­kins this Satur­day.

‘‘For an art build­ing it is pretty ugly at present.’’

Her long-term dream is to up­grade the build­ing and add on a gallery or find a more suit­able build­ing.

‘‘We would re­ally, re­ally like some­thing like the old Up­per Hutt court build­ing and turn that in to an arts hub. ‘‘That is my dream.’’ Hav­ing more space would al­low the club to bet­ter store its art­works, as well pro­vide exhi- bi­tion space.

Adding on to their build­ing would cost at least $60,000, a sum be­yond their re­sources.

‘‘We are hop­ing for a bene­fac­tor to help pay for the ini­tial cost,’’ she said.

‘‘We would be happy to give some­one the nam­ing rights.’’

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Up­per Hutt Art So­ci­ety Open Day Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 18, Ward St, Wal­laceville.

NI­CHOLAS BOYACK/STUFF

Pres­i­dent El­lisa Smith Up­per Hutt Art So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Elissa Smith and trea­surer An­ton Eras­mu­son with a mu­ral to be un­veiled this Satur­day by MP Chris Hip­kins.

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