Is­land paint­ings dis­played in art ex­hi­bi­tion

Waiheke Marketplace - - Out & About - DIANA WOR­THY

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

Colin Bear­don is launch­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of his paint­ings on Satur­day at the Red Shed. CHRIS­TINE BEAR­DON

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