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Napier Courier - 2021-10-13

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Original Pania model returns for new exhibition

ARTS FOCUS

Lisa Feyen CAN general manager

On display at Creative Arts Napiernowis the remarkable Celebrating Pania; 70 Years On exhibition, organised by The Breeze Hawke’s Bay, which you definitely won’t want to miss. Mei Whaitiri, the original modelwhoposed for the Napier Pania statue commission when she was just 13, wasinvited in July to a private sitting atCANfor nine selected Hawke’s Bay artists. Supported by herwha¯nau, she spent the afternoon in the companyof the artists, seated in a comfortable chair wearing a stately korowai (cloak) and looking as beautiful as she would have done 70 years ago. Meiwas photographed, sketched, painted and generally observed while having some insightful conversations about her lifelong connection with the legend of Pania of the Reef. The nine artists, who include sculptors, painters, a photographer and a printmaker, then took their materialawayto create a piece of work over several weeks to include in the exhibition Celebrating Pania; 70 YearsOn. Anadditional percentage of artwork sales from the exhibition will go towards a charity of Mei’s choice; in this instance the Hukarere Girls’ College Chapel Rebuild. As Mei’s old school, this holds a special place in her heart. Someof the artists will be generously donating 100 per cent of their proceeds. Te Man awa OHuke re re will be thenameof thenewchapel at Hukarere Girls’ College. In 2003 Hukarere Girls’ Collegemovedits operations from Matahorua, Bluff Hill to Herepoho, Eskdale. Along with Hukarere’s students and staff, St Michael and All Angels’ chapel was also relocated. It was carefully dismantled and placed in storage. Now18 years later precious, taonga awaits a rebuild at its forever location at Herepoho, in Eskdale. Join us in Celebrating Pania and view the results of the artists’ endeavours in the Mezzanine Gallery at Creative Arts Napier until Friday, October 22. The artists are all from Hawke’s Bay and includeKay Bazzard, Clayton Gibson, Freeman White, Putaanga Waitoa, John Gisborne, Emily Armstrong, Michele Jung, Helen Dynes and Lisa Feyen. Mark this inyour calendars tocomeand view the results of the artists’ endeavours, and celebrate the history and manathat surrounds the very special Napier Pania of the Reef public artwork. Also, on display in the Main Gallery until Thursday, October 28 you can enjoy the work of 40 Hawke’s Bay artists in Orbital; What goes around comes around. The artists were invited to decorate, paint and embellish 40concrete ‘orbs’ created by Gary Brooks for the Arts Festival, and to raise funds for Creative Arts Napier (a registered charity). The concept caused great excitement within our arts community, and the 40orbs that have been reimagined by the artists have to be seen to be believed. The diversity and ingenuity of the work is astounding. Each orb is a unique one-of-a-kind3D object that will be an heirloom for years to come, so pop in toCANto see which one will take your fancy. All are priced to sell and looking for their forever homes. If youread this in time, youmaystill be able tomake it to theCANAnnual General Meeting onTuesday, October 12 at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend, and this yearwewill be enjoying the companyof inspirational speaker Korrin Barrett, who will give a presentationon the importance of resilience in our ever-changing world, relating to herownpersonal story. Find out moreon Korrin’s website; www.korrin.nz and comealong to be inspired. Drinks and nibbles will be served and look out for an arty spot prize or two. As school holidays draw to a close, ourTerm4 classes arenowopen for bookings. Weare proud to be hosting weekly evening classes in sewing, experimental printmaking, and beginners painting and drawing by the Pencil Room. If youwould like to try collagraph printmaking, CANwill be running a series of four weekly evening classes at Keirunga Gardens in Havelock North from Thursday, October 28. Collagraphy is a really versatile printing process in which a textured plate is created, inked upand put through a press to create prints on paper. Printmaker CateGodwin will carefully guide participants through the process of creating plates and printing editions— ideal as Christmas gifts or to frame for yourownhome. Be prepared to get inky and have a fewlaughs— all in the beautiful setting of the Francis Bacon Studio at Keirunga Creative Hub. Anything with a lowrelief texture can be stuckdown and used to create texture on the plate— wallpaper, recycled packaging, leaves, fabrics, tapes and threads— in fact the options and opportunities for exploration and layering are endless. OurCANafter-school art play weekly classes will also continue throughTerm4, starting on Tuesday, October 26 at 4-5.30pm. Tutor Holi has amountain of ideasup her sleeve to keep any 8 to 11-year-old happily creating masterpieces. Each termwe finish with a small exhibition for friends and family to enjoy their creations. Tobook any of theCAN classes, email bookings@thecan.co.nz or call06835 9448. We look forward to welcoming you to CAN, 16 Byron St, on your next visit. Ask us about the benefits of becoming a Friend of CAN, and don’t forget we are open seven days per week from Monday to Saturday, 10am4pm and Sunday, 10am-2pm. As CAN is a registered charity, donations are always welcome. Info: 835-9448, thecan.co.nz or Facebook.

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