Exceptional talent for arts of all kinds
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.