Ex­cep­tional tal­ent for arts of all kinds

Katikati Advertiser - - News - By AB

There can be no bet­ter way of mark­ing the sec­ond birthday of this, which is my last col­umn, than to cel­e­brate the cre­ative life and skills of long-term res­i­dent Lynne Roberts.

Some of my trea­sures and spe­cial mem­o­ries over the past 30 years orig­i­nated from the art works of this ex­traor­di­nar­ily tal­ented and ver­sa­tile woman— a porce­lain doll, a col­lec­tion of books, the priv­i­lege of di­rect­ing Lynne’s pro­fes­sional per­for­mance in Forta Leza’s first din­ner the­atre, Play­ing with your Food, and more re­cently the de­lights of watch­ing Lynne’s Danc­ing Di­vas at lo­cal com­mu­nity events.

When my meat-eat­ing son went off to Uni and came home a veg­e­tar­ian, it was Lynne’s weekly col­umn Veg­e­tar­ian Fare in the Bay of Plenty Times that saved my ba­con.

Iwas ex­cited to be vis­it­ing Lynne at her coun­try home ex­pect­ing that her artis­tic reper­toire would be even more ex­ten­sive, but I was not ex­pect­ing to be blown out of the wa­ter, the strato­sphere and my mind, all at the same time. There is no way in just a few words to do jus­tice to Lynne’s achieve­ments as she stands in themid­dle of an in­ter-gen­er­a­tional fam­ily line-up that has al­ways “done stuff”, start­ing­with Grandma, a staunch mem­ber of a South Is­land Coun­try Women’s In­sti­tute.

Lyn­nemade her the­atri­cal de­but at age four, par­tic­i­pated in and wrote school plays and mu­si­cals, grad­u­at­ing from Welling­ton Teach­ers’ Col­lege with a ma­jor in Arts and Drama. Al­ways the teacher and sto­ry­teller, Lynne wrote sto­ries, scripts and chore­og­ra­phy to the mu­sic she com­posed. De­vised art, mu­sic and dance pack­ages with ac­com­pa­ny­ing books and mu­sic DVDs to en­able other teach­ers in the class­room.

Lynne is the au­thor of two cook­ery books, over 100 books rang­ing from ed­u­ca­tional re­sources for teach­ers, fic­tion for young chil­dren and teenagers and in 2006 an adult novel The Arm­chair Trav­eller. All this and more while she raised and in­stilled in her four chil­dren with the fam­ily arts tra­di­tion.

As Iwrote the fol­low­ing list Lynne re­marked “I don’t knit, but I pretty much do every­thing else”. Every­thing in­cludes quilt­ing, em­broi­dery, paint­ing, porce­lain doll mak­ing, which she tu­tored for five years, cre­at­ing dolls’ houses with all the minia­ture ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture, cre­at­ing Vic­to­ri­ana dio­ra­mas which fill huge cab­i­nets in sev­eral rooms.

Lynne is cur­rently pres­i­dent of the Tau­ranga Porce­lain Paint­ing Club, founder, teacher and guid­ing force be­hind the Danc­ing Di­vas and a de­voted grand­mother teach­ing her grand­chil­dren the art of trans­form­ing the mun­dane into the mar­vel­lous.

“The arts are the spice of your daily life,” says Lynne.

“It lifts you up and al­lows you to fly”. I am­grate­ful to Lynne and all the other artists and ar­ti­sans who have shared their tal­ents with me and you in the Ad­ver­tiser over the past two years. May you all con­tinue on your flight paths, in­spir­ing and uplift­ing your­selves and oth­ers through your cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion.

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