Learn new skills at ARTSMAD evenings

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

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.

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