Shining a light for Matariki

The Northland Age - - Local Life / Opinion -

Kaikohe artist and gallery owner Sasha Wil­son is among those preparing to shine a lit­tle light on win­ter cour­tesy of Matariki.

In her case it’s through free work­shops cre­at­ing light sculp­tures with up­cy­cled house­hold ob­jects at Te Pu o Te Wheke to­mor­row, Satur­day and Sun­day, 10am to 2pm each day.

The work­shops will pave the way for the main Matariki event, an art trail through Kaikohe on Fri­day next week (June 21).

So far eight busi­nesses are on board, Sasha said, and would be il­lu­mi­nat­ing their shop win­dows with sculp­tures.

“Part of this cel­e­bra­tion is the com­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity and hav­ing fun mak­ing light sculp­tures,” she said.

“We’ll be tak­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects and ad­her­ing lights to those ob­jects.”

The gallery, which is now a char­i­ta­ble trust, moved premises re­cently, di­rectly op­po­site the old premises next door to the Four Square store. Sasha said the new home, which included two gallery rooms and sep­a­rate spa­ces for work­shops, meet­ings, mir­im­iri [massage] and ron­goa¯ Ma¯ori, was”fabulous.”

The com­mu­nity had been the driv­ing force be­hind the ven­ture, with help from Wally Te Huia, from Wipe Out, who do­nated the grey paint for the floor and white paint for the walls.

To regis­ter in­ter­est in the work­shops or art trail con­tact Sasha at cortin­aute­[email protected] or (022) 409-9645.

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