Island paintings displayed in art exhibition
Waiheke Island resident Colin Beardon has a special exhibition opening in the weekend.
After working abroad as a professor in the computer technology field, Beardon and wife Christine moved to Waiheke where he became involved in local politics.
He founded the island’s own short play writing competition as well as creating artwork. His exhibition would open at an iconic independent collective gallery called the Red Shed at the island’s Palm Beach on October 7, at 4pm, and would run until October 29.
The display comprised of 12 acrylic paintings of Waiheke Island completed over the past two years. And all of them featured in his 2018 calendar, which would also be launched at the opening.
He started painting Waiheke scenes as soon as he came to the island twelve years ago.
‘‘A lot of island politics can get very negative. You need to balance that by finding a way to relate to the beauty of the island and its people. I achieve that balance by writing plays and cre- ating art works,’’ Beardon said.
He produced his first calendar of Waiheke paintings in 2016 and it proved popular.
‘‘People were buying them to send as gifts because they felt that it represented something about Waiheke that photographs couldn’t reach. I know quite a lot ended up overseas.’’
The 2018 Calendar contained all of his new work. Onetangi, Onetangi Hall, Putiki Bay and Palm Beach were all colourful images of well-known places on the island rendered in the flat, delineated style he had adopted for several years.
But there were also paintings about nature and the island’s wild life. Two works represented a shift in style.
Dawn: Storm Clouds over Coromandel was much more loosely rendered and were atmospheric, in both senses of the word, Beardon said. On Onetangi Beach attempted to capture a moment of a dog walking on wet sand.
The Red Shed Gallery, Palm Beach was currently open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The calendars would be available at various outlets on the island.
‘‘A lot of island politics can get very negative. You need to balance that by finding a way to relate to the beauty of the island and its people. ’’ Colin Beardon