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Save time and electricity PORIRUA Cannons Creek Shopping Centre Ph 237 0630 www.kapimananews.co.nz ONLINE DIGITAL EDITION Kay Morgan at Bay Gallery By KRIS DANDO Local landscapes: Kay Marie Morgan with two of her works that are on display at Plimmerton's Bay Gallery. Plimmerton's Bay Gallery is dis- playing work from Camborne artist Kay Marie Morgan, who specialises in watercolours of local scenes. Nineteen pieces are up for viewing during the next two weekends, or by appointment during the week. The exhibition, Mostly Water Colours, is the culmination of a year's work and shows off the Inlet, sea, cafes and community, Ms Morgan says. Each piece comes with a short narrative, giving the viewer an idea what she was feeling at that time. Although she is a con- fident, largely self-taught artist, having the whole gallery to her- self is still a new experience. I have showed some of my work in a cafe before, and have sold to private collectors and art auctions, this is my first solo exhibition. It is nerve-racking, but I'm looking forward to it.'' While most works are water- colour, there are pastel and acrylic works as well. Water- colour captures the atmos- phere'' best, Ms Morgan says. My work is expressive, it's a way of communicating. Art should speak to us in some way.'' Bay Gallery owner Daphne Brennan says Ms Morgan's work has a beautiful presence'' and the exhibition will likely be a popular one. Iconic artworks converge in Pataka By ANDREA O'NEIL An extraordinary exhibition of iconic New Zealand art has come to Pataka under extraordinary cir- cumstances. Never before has Kiwi art giant Pat Hanly's Seven Ages of Man'' collection been shown alongside his Blast'' anti-nuclear paintings and his photographer wife Gil Hanly's photos of nuclear protests. The three collections will likely never be seen together again, Pataka curator Bob Maysmor says. What's more, Seven Ages of Man'', which belongs to Auck- land's School of Medicine, had never been shown publicly before this year, and Pataka was one of only three galleries in the country to exhibit it. But February's Christchurch earthquake nearly prevented this significant exhibition from coming together. The seven large-format Seven Ages of Man'' paintings had just been shown at Christchurch's Arts Centre and were packed up to be shipped to Pataka when the earth- quake hit, Mr Maysmor says. The art centre building col- lapsed around them.'' The crate holding the paintings was badly damaged, but the paintings were miraculously unscathed, he says. However, the crate was inac- cessible after the quake, and sat for weeks among rubble until a crane rescued it. Despite the holdup, Pataka's exhibition did not have to be postponed, and has attracted plenty of visitors and positive feedback, Mr Maysmor says. Pat Hanly, who died in 2004, painted bright, abstract pieces which often contained a political message about nuclear disarma- ment, a cause Hanly was passion- ate about. I think people readily identify with the bold, bright colours of Hanly's work but also the mess- age,'' Mr Maysmor says. He's an iconic New Zealand artist.'' Hanly lived in Auckland most of his life but a stint painting in Eng- land in the late 1950s shaped his politics and his art. Many Britons at the time were convinced nuclear war was immi- nent, and Hanly and his wife Gil became involved with the Cam- paign for Nuclear Disarmament, Pataka senior curator of contem- porary art Helen Kedgley says. They thought the nuclear bomb was about to drop,'' she says. That helped them to come back to New Zealand and get them into that mode of protest.'' When the Hanlys returned to New Zealand in 1962 they con- tinued as activists, both in their art and personally. One of Gil Hanly's photos at Pataka documents the Pintado protest, where a group including Pat Hanly mounted American nuclear submarine USS Pintado in Auckland Harbour in 1978. New Zealand naval helicopters flew just metres above the water in an attempt to deter and frighten protesters, and Pat Hanly's sketch and later painting of this protest shows his experi- ence in the thick of the action. Pat's paintings in a way are so joyous and bold and vibrant and colourful and full of life but he was concerned with these issues all the way through,'' Ms Kedgley says. Many young New Zealanders have no idea about this part of New Zealand history, but interest is being reawakened with the recent 30th anniversary of another turbulent protest period, the Springbok tour. Prime Minister John Key's meeting with US president Bar- ack Obama has raised further interest in New Zealand's anti- nuclear history. ''Blast'' runs until September 14. Entry is free. ''Seven Ages of Man'' closed on Sunday.
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