Club celebrates 60 years of making art
‘‘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.’’
Upper Hutt Art Society Open Day Wednesday October 18, Ward St, Wallaceville.
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.