There were changes this year to the annual Kapiti Arts Trail. It was held over 2 weekends in November and featured many of our local artists. Here we present a pictorial view of the creativity of Ōtaki artists in many mediums and environments.
Visitors to Sonia Savage’s studio at Ōtaki Beach view some of her artworks displayed in the garden. Looking Through to Kapiti, Wharemakau Stream, Raumati Beach. The mosaic tables are the work of her sister Tracey Savage Jennifer Turnbull has based her collection of pottery and ceramics within the boundaries of her heritage home (Ōtaki Constable’s House 1891). The charming garden, with its magnificent display of irises and flowering shrubs, made a splendid backdrop for her creative pieces. Above, a selection of unique garden pieces, bowls, patio vases and large hand-built coiled vessels Based in Old Hautere Road, Malcolm McCrae works with native wood, ponga and pumice carvings, and uses sandblasted designs. He started carving in 1989 with a small chisel, a flat head screwdriver and a large pumice stone.Malcolm’s site had plenty of visitors, particularly on the first day, “there were as many people as there are statues!”He said visitors were from all age groups, and “mostly buying Christmas presents and objects for the garden.” Betty Baldwin from Addington Road, works on her latest landscape, Storm Clouds Approaching, during the second Arts Trail weekend. She paints from scenic photographs she has taken. She has been painting since childhood. Betty said she had sold enough of her works to “cover costs” of the weekend. Bird on a Wire: leadlight set in timber, displayed against silver corrugated iron, this is by Rachel Pfeffer at her Totaranui Glass Studio at Hautere Cross, Ōtaki Gorge, Rachel works in leadlight, glass art and glass sculpture for gardens. Rachel Pfeffer The face of a hero – Richie McCaw, three images in pastels by George Thompson, at the Artscape Gallery exhibition Hyde Park Wallace Trickett’s painting of the Union Steamship Company’s TEV ferry Rangatira is met by the tugboat Tiaoma as she arrives in Wellington from the overnight trip from Lyttelton, she sailed this trip through rough weather and calm for many years. The photographer remembers travelling to Lyttelton and back in the 1950’s as a child! Manakau-based artist, Soraya Bradley, describes her painting style as romantic realist, but there is an also an element of dark sensuality combined with dreamy spirituality. She specialises in figure painting, predominately female, using rich colours in a classical form. Soraya says her paintings reflect three main concerns: the historical associations of oil painting, the contemporary possibilities of the medium, and love of figurative art. Kevin Haste at work moulding the body of one of his popular pigs, he was working at Artscape Gallery Hyde Park during the first weekend of the Arts Trail. Kevin is busy preparing for the January Pot’s and Garden Art in January at Annam Cara Emerging Light – an oil painting by Sonia Savage
Photos by Vivienne Bailey & Margaret Andrews