All aflutter for arts festival
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.