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e eighth Art in the Park at Shantytown, Greymouth, on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, opens with the self-
confidence of experience and the promise of new creativity and inspiration. Here JO KEPPEL looks at what is on offer.
There will be
new artists, a
designer stand, a
spinning by Woolly
and of throwing and turning pots by
ceramics artist Bob McQuarrie," organising
committee spokeswoman Rae Eder said.
"Popular musical performers, such as the
City of Christchurch Pipe Band, Silvertones
and Just Jazz, Greymouth Municipal Band
and Alisha Osborne will be returning and
will be joined, for their first appearance
at Art in the Park, by Greymouth-based
singing group, Waiata Koha Gift of Song.
Local band, Bad Medicine, will present a
Bon Jovi tribute.
" e Art Activity Tent, which is always
popular, will be run this year by art teacher
Philippa Mallinson, with a new twist ---
face painting with Colleen Eason, from
10.30am-12.30pm and from 1pm-3pm on
Saturday and Sunday," Ms Eder said.
Other activities for children of all ages are
printmaking, card making, collage and paint,
mask making and stitching.
Established local artist Tony Brown will be
taking adult drawing lessons from 1pm-3pm
on Saturday and Sunday. e Art Activity
tent will be next to the entry, opposite the
NCEA secondary school art portfolios will
once again be on display in the Gem and
" e work and skill that is put into these
astonishes us all and they rightly have their
own place to show them off to the fullest,"
Art in the Park chairwoman Christine
e 40 artists bringing their work to the
show include those who have been at all or
most Art in the Park festivals along with
Some stalls represent several artists such
as the trio from the White Room Gallery
in Greymouth, Tony Brown, Jeremy Leach
and Mark Haldane, the Westland Arts
Association (WAI), and the Youth Art
ere are also some family groupings.
Art in the Park founders Linda and Ashley
Morley are showing their painting and
photography, committee members Rae Eder
and Gary Hopkinson are exhibiting their
painting, and painters Julie and Vanessa Hay
are displaying their respective works on their
Some newcomers to Art in the Park are
painters Peter Keane, Karyn Gorrie, Miriam
Whale, Stephanie Watson, Catherine
Moffitt and Jo Ewing.
Young Greymouth woman Abbie Winter
is the first emerging designer to join the
Art in the Park festival. One space will be
devoted to an emerging designer annually.
Among the returning artists are a number
of top sellers from previous shows including
painter Jane Riley, potter Chris Lewis,
pen and ink artist Michelle Evans, wood
sculptor Tony Ardern, mixed media artist
Jo Keppel, painter Kathy Hines, painter
Michelle Green, jewellery artists Margaret
Howard and Marlene Trounson, painter Rae
Eder, ink drawing exponent Chris Webster,
painter Cyril Hector, and mixed media and
jewellery artist Jules Bell, who will park
up her new art caravan by the Shantytown
Most artists will be in the old Miners Hall
or adjoining newer space, Welshman s Hall.
Suzanne Emslie is in the church yard with
her limestone carving and the Woolly West
Coasters will be demonstrating their skills
from 10am until 2pm on Sunday under the
verandah by the exit from Welshman s Hall
if it is fine, or in the theatre foyer next to the
cafe if it is wet.
Visitors can catch Bob McQuarrie s
ceramics demonstrations at 11am-11.30am
and 3pm-3.30pm on Saturday.
e artists cover a good range of mediums
with something of interest for everyone.
While painters are in the majority, there
is also photography with Juergen Schacke
and others, several jewellery artists,
Tania Hammond offering flax weaving,
and drawing specialists Michelle Evans,
Shoshanna Berry, Chris Webster and Jo
Tony Arden offers wood carving with
a difference, Janet Gawn will be showing
fabric art and Kerry Weston and Ayako
Okado present painting and paper cuts.
e performing arts programme for
Saturday begins at 11am with the City of
Christchurch Pipe Band followed by the
Waiata Koha Gift of Song Community
Choir at 11.30am. e pipe band returns at
12.30pm followed by Just Jazz at 1pm.
e pipers and drummers take the stage
again at 2pm, Donna Brydon performs at
2.30pm, the Greymouth Municipal Band is
on at 3pm and the pipe band rounds off the
day at 3.30pm.
On Sunday, the pipe band plays at 10.30am
followed by singer Taegan Bourke at 11am,
Silvertones at 11.30am and again at 1.15pm.
Bad Medicine present their Bon Jovi
tribute at 1.30 followed by Alisha Osborne
e school folio prize presentation is
at 1pm. Visiting professional artist from
Golden Bay Geoffrey Heath will again
judge the youth portfolios.
Food and drinks are available both days
from Shantytown s own facilities.
On the two days of Art in the Park, the
usual entry fee is replaced by free entry for
under five-year-olds, $2.50 for those aged
five to 17 and adults $5.
ere will be limited Eftpos facilities, with
Eftpos payments for purchases of art but no
cash out available.
e Art in the Park organising committee
comprises chairwoman Christine Robertson,
secretary Stewart Robertson, treasurer
Catherine Moffitt, and committee members
Terry Salt, Gary Hopkinson, Barbara
McQuarrie and Rae Eder. ey would like
to hear from anyone who would like to help
on this committee.
Sponsors for this year s Art in the Park
are Youthtown, Pub Charity, Electronet,
the Grey District Council, the West
Coast Community Trust and Mitre 10
Last year, about 2600 visitors passed
through the exhibition halls and other areas
with sales slightly up on previous years.
Greymouth businesses have got behind
Art in the Park this year by displaying some
of the artists work, which will be on sale at
Art in the Park, on their walls along with
short profiles of the artists.
Westport sculptor Mer v Jury displayed his limestone sculptures in the church grounds at the seventh Art in the Park.
Christchurch Highland Pipe Band entertained artists and visitors at Art in the Park. Here they were performing a little display for
artists at the end of the day on Saturday. ey will play five times during the two-day festival this year.
Art on show
e Greymouth-based Waiata Koha Gift of Song Community Choir which will be performing at Art in the Park at Shantytown.
Greymouth artist and tattooist Ang Woods with her paintings, art dolls and other pieces at Art in the Park in 2013.
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