ART FOR KATE’S SAKE
Apainting of the gaff-cutter Kate – by marine artist David Barker – is being used in a fund-raising drive to help with the completion of the historic vessel’s restoration.
Built in 1898 as a trading cutter for the Kaipara Harbour, Kate is being restored by the Waiheke Working Sail Charitable Trust and, when complete, is to be used as a youth sail-training vessel.
Barker – renowned for his paintings of boats and the sea – recently visited the island and the project and agreed to do a painting encapsulating the dream.
A limited edition of 100 numbered, signed prints of the painting, suitable for framing, has been produced. They are available at $225.00 each. When all have been sold, a draw will be held and one of the buyers will win the original framed oil painting, generously donated by Barker. These funds will be spent exclusively on Kate’s restoration. For information about buying a print and a ticket for the draw, please email email@example.com.
Boating New Zealand covered Kate’s restoration in the November 2017 issue. Since then, says Trust manager Bernard Rhodes, she’s been hauled out at the Waiheke Boating Club’s new hardstand. A lead ballast keel has been fitted – along with a new rudder and steering gear.
She’s back in the tide now, awaiting more funds to get sailing.