FO­CUS Ex­hi­bi­tions for Christ­mas sea­son

Napier Courier - - News - BY LISA FEYEN Me­dia co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Feyen is me­dia co­or­di­na­tor for Cre­ative Arts Napier (CAN), 16 By­ron St. CAN is open seven days a week: Mon­day to Satur­day, 10am-4pm, and Sun­day, 10am-2pm. Free en­try. Info: 835-9448, thecan.co.nz or Face­book.

Here we are again, right at the be­gin­ning of the ‘silly sea­son’.

Maybe a few of us do go a bit silly at the of­fice par­ties (ahem… it has been known) but it’s im­por­tant not to for­get the real rea­son we spend so much time plan­ning this one spe­cial day of the year. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press the love we feel for the spe­cial peo­ple in our lives, by giv­ing gifts and a chance to relax with them and have some fun. At the CAN we are gear­ing up for an in­cred­i­ble preChrist­mas count down, with the CAN Christ­mas art and craft mar­ket open­ing on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. Join us for the spe­cial pre­view night, 5pm to 7pm, which co­in­cides with two other ex­hi­bi­tion open­ings, so you can make a night of it.

The Main Gallery will be jam-packed with ev­ery­thing you can imag­ine, with all the fes­tive good­ies hand­crafted and lo­cally made. Pur­chases sup­port the lo­cal artists and mak­ers, and en­sures you give sus­tain­able gifts that demon­strate real skill and crafts­man­ship in their cre­ation. While you’re here, pur­chase a raf­fle ticket to win a bas­ket of Christ­mas treats for $2 or three for $5, sup­port­ing the CAN in our mis­sion to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble art op­por­tu­ni­ties to the wider com­mu­nity.

Along­side the Christ­mas mar­ket pre­view on De­cem­ber 7 at 5-7pm, you can meet the artists at the open­ings of Mar­ion Bren­nan’s ex­hi­bi­tion Light from Shadow in the Small Gallery and Marama Ngawhika’s ex­hi­bi­tion Tu Tan­gata on the Mez­za­nine. All wel­come, and re­fresh­ments pro­vided.

Mar­ion Bren­nan was born in South Africa but made New Zealand home 24 years ago. She has spe­cialised in scratch board art for the last four years, and has held sev­eral suc­cess­ful solo ex­hi­bi­tions and shared ex­hi­bi­tions. Her love of na­ture and wildlife re­flects in Mar­ion’s work. She spends many months of the year travelling and col­lect­ing ma­te­rial for her art prac­tice. As part of her open­ing cel­e­bra­tion, Mar­ion will be demon­strat­ing her scratch­board tech­nique, pro­vid­ing you with an inside glimpse into her process. She will also be work­ing and demon­strat­ing in the gallery on sev­eral other days dur­ing her ex­hi­bi­tion too. Check the CAN Face­book page for de­tails.

Marama Ngawhika’s ex­hi­bi­tion has been in the plan­ning for quite a while, and is a re­sult of study to­wards her masters de­gree. Tu Tan­gata means ‘stand tall and be counted’, and is a body of work that re­flects the kau­papa of Ko­hanga Reo from a par­ent’s per­spec­tive. Ko­hanga Reo is an ini­tia­tive that grew from the 1970s Tu Tan­gata project — a Ma¯ ori lan­guage and cul­tural re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion strat­egy for fam­i­lies and their chil­dren. This ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes artists from the Ko­hanga wha¯ nau. Par­ents aged be­tween 20 and 60 years, and their chil­dren aged be­tween one year and 30, have worked col­lab­o­ra­tively to com­plete colour­ful Ko­rowhai­whai pan­els.

In the foyer you will also find an­other two ex­hi­bi­tions — Glen Colechin’s Flow fea­tur­ing new work in cop­per and na­tive tim­ber, and Lan­guage of Art by lo­cal pain­ter Christine Lemin to­gether with three of her stu­dents. All of our new ex­hi­bi­tions will be on dis­play for the month of De­cem­ber, so come and explore!

The team at the CAN would like to thank ev­ery­one who took the op­por­tu­nity to wish our man­ager Christine Heaney a happy re­tire­ment at her farewell party re­cently. We re­ceived con­tri­bu­tions from so many to­wards a gift to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all her hard work in the arts in Napier, and her com­mit­ment in set­ting up Cre­ative Arts Napier for ev­ery­one to en­joy. Christine is go­ing to be en­joy­ing Granny du­ties, work­ing on her own cre­ative pur­suits and tak­ing a well-earned rest. We wish her well for the fu­ture, and look for­ward to her reg­u­lar vis­its to see what we are get­ting up to.

So, we look for­ward to see­ing you at the CAN soon — and re­mem­ber, those Christ­mas stock­ings will need stuff­ing so bring your prezzie list and treat the art-lovers in your life.

Marama Ngawhika’s wha¯ nau work­ing on a ko­rowhai­whai panel.

Mar­ion Bren­nan work­ing in her stu­dio.

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