All aflut­ter for arts fes­ti­val

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By CHRIS STEEL

The butterflie­s have landed as Katikati gears up to cel­e­brate the 7th bi­en­nial NZ Mu­ral Con­test and Arts Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 28.

Thirty butterflie­s have been painted by lo­cal artists and will be dis­played at the Arts Junc­tion where peo­ple can bid on them in a silent auction dur­ing the fes­ti­val. There are an­other 40 butterflie­s that peo­ple can paint dur­ing the week­long fes­ti­val which will be kept by Katikati Open-Air Art and form a pub­lic in­stal­la­tion.

Hosted by Open-Air Art in as­so­ci­a­tion with Katch Katikati, the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val has grown and de­vel­oped and 2019 is no ex­cep­tion. Open-Air Art chair­man Steve Grave­son said the fes­ti­val is all com­ing along.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the artists com­ing, which in­clude 2019 win­ner of the Sheffield In­ter­na­tional Mu­ral Fest in Tas­ma­nia — Shane Walker, and 2017 win­ner An­nette Matthews.”

With the theme ‘Life is not what it seems’, peo­ple can ex­pect magic and il­lu­sion around the streets of Katikati.

Katch Katikati’s Jac­qui Knight is su­per ex­cited with the re­turn of some favourites and in­tro­duc­tion of new events and com­mu­nity projects.

“With just two weeks to go we can hardly sleep at night!”

Wooden dart­board cab­i­nets have been turned into works of art — each one a mas­ter­piece cre­ated by one of 13 artists from the Bay of Plenty, Auck­land, Wellington and Aus­tralia — to be auc­tioned to sup­port youth darts.

The works are be­ing ex­hib­ited in the Arty Darty Dart­board Cab­i­net Col­lec­tion which opens to the pub­lic on Satur­day at The In­cu­ba­tor in Tau­ranga.

Katikati Shot Darts se­nior designer Gavin Man­son came up with the ini­tial idea ear­lier this year.

“We make darts with amaz­ing de­signs and it got me thinking about dart cab­i­nets. I thought if some­one was dec­o­rat­ing their man-cave or games room, wouldn’t they want a bit of cre­ativ­ity or colour?”

At a new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary Gavin an­nounced that he would like to put to­gether a group of artists to cre­ate one-off painted dart­board cab­i­nets, which he would use to fundraise for youth darts.

“Like most of the staff in the fac­tory they smiled and nod­ded while giving me that look that says . . . there goes Gavin with his crazy ran­dom ideas.”

The cab­i­net doors would be pro­vided ready to paint in the artist’s own style and be paid for on com­ple­tion.

Gavin sent emails to artists, but not many replied.

“There is some­thing about putting auction and fundrais­ing to­gether that seems to ward off artists like sun­light to a vam­pire,” he said.

Af­ter meet­ing with a friend from Auck­land at a Mount cafe in March Gavin was in­tro­duced to Pablo Raiz — a street artist from Bo­livia, who was paint­ing mu­rals and in­stal­la­tions for lo­cal busi­nesses. Gavin men­tioned his dart­board project which sparked in­ter­est, so dropped off some doors for him to splash with his handy­work.

A visit to the His­toric Vil­lage to see how Pablo’s paint­ing was go­ing, led to a meet­ing with cre­ative hub di­rec­tor Simone An­der­son at The In­cu­ba­tor who gave him ideas. She in­cluded the call for artists on their Face­book page and news­let­ters and a few artists con­tacted Gavin. He said some were sur­prised that he would pay them up front, rather than wait­ing un­til af­ter the auction.

The num­ber of artists sign­ing up grew from a cou­ple to 13. Gavin said he had no idea the Bay was filled with such a vast tal­ent of artists of dif­fer­ent styles and back­grounds.

The fundrais­ing for youth darts was a no brainer, he said. “Dart com­pe­ti­tions can be long — some of the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions can run for eight hours. It takes ded­i­ca­tion to turn up and play es­pe­cially for the young player look­ing to com­pete.

“If I could raise a lit­tle for youth darts it might en­cour­age some play­ers not to give up. As with mak­ing darts you have to put in the time to get re­sults.”

Gavin is trained in design and an­i­ma­tion and works in ad­ver­tis­ing and dig­i­tal. Since com­ing on board with Shot Darts the team has given him some cre­ative freedom to sketch up draw­ings for pack­ag­ing, shirts, flight de­signs and also con­cepts of the darts be­fore cre­at­ing them, in the com­puter soft­ware.

“This tied into the Shot Darts prod­ucts nicely as most dart play­ers (dartists) like to show some flare in their gear and their game.

“Life is too short for plain bor­ing.”

■ The Artists: Haylee Fieldes (Fieldey), Pa­bilo Riaz, Ash Sis­son (aka Chimp), Alex McLeod, Jackie Grey, Martin Wills (aka MEW), Ninette Kruger, Andy Scott, Jane Rother­ham, Eric Col­lier, Lloyd Solly, Mitch Cooper Lloyd, GSM and Arapeta Kai­wai.

Jac­qui Knight with some of the beau­ti­fully painted butterflie­s in the silent auction.

Or­gan­iser Gavin Man­son with three unique dart­board cab­i­net art­works in the Arty Darty Col­lec­tion.

There’s a lot of de­tail in this Zom­bie cre­ation by Perth artist Fieldy — Haylee Fieldes.

Darts were in­cluded in this Cap­tain Amer­ica styled art­work by Andy Scott from Whakatane.

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