Kapiti Observer : September 29th 2011
28 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 4019057AA Sonia Savage Oil paintings big and small with a wide range of styles 3 Shearwater Rise, Paraparaumu Beach PHILIP MARKHAM STUDIO 173 ROSETTA ROAD RAUMATI www.philipmarkham.com 4019110AA 4019125AA High fired contemporary domestic stoneware from his working studio @ 28 Manly Street Paraparaumu Beach Ph. 04 902 2344 4034248AA 4034258AA Sisal MacMat $135 air dried macrocarpa treated with natural oils Tui Blackboard $95 Featuring Pin Art Decorative PinboardsTM Artistic noticeboards, chalkboards and whiteboards - new and popular designs for kids rooms, living and commercial settings MacMat Macrocarpa WoodmatsTM Hand made bath room slatmats and exterior woodmats for entrances, spas and outdoor showers. Natural. Sustainable. Beautiful 4061663AA Sculptures fill garden Breaking the mould: Michelle Retimana's sculptures are all hand-formed, created without the use of moulds. By SADIE BECKMAN Michelle Retimana met her future husband when she was just 14, little knowing how the cultural influences of his family would shape her career as an artist years later. The sculptor creates hand-formed works in clay that incorporate her love of natural colours and texture set against a contemporary Maori background. Taught the arts of harakeke (flax weaving), taniko weaving and korowai (feather cloaks) by her mother-in-law, Retimana likes to incorporate elements of these into her sculptural works. Earthy oxides are used to finish her fired pieces, and she experiments with a variety of methods including raku and wood smoking. Koru and rounded Maori forms dominate Retimana's art, and a new series of waka sculptures have curling koru-like prows. Participating in the Kapiti Arts Trail from her Waikanae Beach property, the artist is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase her work to visitors and generate sales. Preparing in advance of the trail, Retimana sets herself a goal for what she wants to achieve. ''I usually have an expectation of far more than is achievable,'' she says. However, her beautiful property in Waikanae Beach's Rutherford Dr is filled with sculptures and art in every nook and cranny of the house, garden and studio. This year's Kapiti Arts trail will be Retimana's seventh, and the second she has done from her own home, following a successful weekend on last year's trail. New format working well for trail By SADIE BECKMAN Tools of the trade: Bee Doughty-Pratt at her home in Otaki Gorge. Bee Doughty-Pratt's career is booming, as she looks forward to participating in this year's Kapiti Arts Trail. The Otaki artist, who paints abstract landscapes she describes as ''earthy'' with strong colour, is exhibiting at her Parenga Rd property with sculptor Bruce Winter, where they will also offer devonshire teas. Doughty-Pratt feels their work fits well together as Winter's accomplished pieces, using found objects are also strong with earthy overtones, and a definite ''funky'' element, she says. The two have exhibited together around the country during the past two years, and last year's arts trail brought a large number of visitors to the rural property in Otaki Gorge. Commissions for Doughty-Pratt's work have increased and she was ''quite taken aback'' by the large response she had received. Before becoming a participant, Doughty-Pratt had been a visitor on the Kapiti Arts Trail, and felt that changes made to the format last year had been very successful. Implementing artisans' fairs as well as singling out a number of individual artists was ''fantastic'', she says. Creating a delineation between the two had helped to lift the standard of the arts trail, highlighting the professional artists who work in the district, says Doughty-Pratt. ''They have lifted the bar a little by changing the format.'' This year's trail will see a number of artisans' fairs around Kapiti and about 60 individual artists highlighted as destinations.
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