Learn new skills at ARTSMAD evenings
Musicians, a poet, a jeweller and a sculptor are among the seven speakers presenting at the last ARTSMAD session of the year.
ARTSMAD is a visual presentation evening four times a year, where people from the wider arts community talk about what they do alongside a rolling show reel of images.
The last ARTSMAD session for 2018 is on Tuesday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Monarch Room in Prince’s Gate Hotel. The seven speakers will share their stories and the inspiration behind their art.
Terry Locke has taught Literature in English at the University of Auckland, English and Drama in a number of secondary schools, and Arts and Language Education at the University of Waikato.
He has published four books of poetry and edited three poetry anthologies. He has also published a range of academic texts and articles.
Hubert Verhagen was born into a musical family in the Netherlands. At the age of seven his father strapped a piano accordion onto his shoulders, almost bigger than he was, and he has been playing the accordion ever since.
When he immigrated to New Zealand he joined the MOTAT Barbershop Choir in Auckland, where he found his passion for close harmony singing.
Hubert says he will talk about piano tuning, harmonising, musicality and restoring the pianola. He says he is excited to share what he does and likes people having the chance to play and learn more about the pianola.
“For me, it feels like a sound out of heaven.”
Fiona Frew is a local artist and designer. All of her work contains elements of found objects that are re-designed and re-purposed into beautiful and functional items.
Her studio-based practice endeavours to create as little waste as possible, and follow environmentally and ethically based approaches to producing handmade jewellery and art.
Design Tank 2018 Ltd was created by Glenys Courtney-strachan and Maria Marshall to support their vision to paint Rotorua. They design custom-made artworks and hand paint them.
They are interested in local mythology that resonates with Rotorua locals.
“It is all about community work, working with tamariki, wha¯ nau and adults to create art works that reflect their ideas and values.
“Creative spaces are key to providing avenues for people to connect, to reconnect and revisit their creativeness.”
Eugene Kara is an artist, sculptor and Head Caster of Te Ahi Komau Foundry based at The New Zealand Ma¯ ori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia. His work has been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally. There are numerous works in private collections within institutions and art collectors.
As an artist he tries to convey a sense of play and fun. He enjoys the challenge of creating works that represent the rich and diverse cultures within our society.
He explores these ideas through sculpture.
As an art educator, he encourages students to explore concepts and ideas through materials and processes.
Moana Bell is a song-writer, singer and creative entrepreneur from Melbourne. She divides her time between family, music, outreach and creative pursuits.
Terry Locke, Hubert Verhagen, Eugene Kara, Moana Bell, Fiona Frew, Glenys Courtney-strachan (left) and Maria Marshall.