Emerging artists show work

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 11:40 06/12/2012
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MONICA TISCHLER
IMPROVING: Janet Shepherd, left, with her work Bethells, and Cathy Head, with Fragile, will showcase their work at the exhibition Eleven which opens at Corban Estate tomorrow.

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Janet Shepherd and Cathy Head already know how to create good art.

And through a year-long arts mentoring programme established at Corban Estate Arts Centre by tutors Anne-Sophie Adelys and Andy Tolhurst, they've been developing their skills further so they can start selling work and holding their own exhibitions.

The programme will showcase work from its 11 members in an exhibition, Eleven which opens at Corban Estate tomorrow.

Ms Shepherd of West Harbour teaches art at Summerland Primary School and says the programme has made her feel more like an artist.

She specialises in landscape paintings and will showcase two works, A Tribute to the Old Timers and Bethells - both oil paintings set at Bethells Beach.

"I used to go to Bethells a lot with my father where we went fishing," Ms Shepherd says.

"On the way to Bethells there was a red house that belonged to an old man. He always had his door open and would sit at his window and watch. We would always call in on our way home from fishing and drop off a crayfish and he'd tell us stories."

A Tribute to the Old Timers depicts the old man's house.

Her second piece Bethells tells of memories when she was young and would jump off sand dunes, explore caves and play hide-and-seek.

"That's what I like to do with my art. I make it so I can keep revisiting it time and time again and resurface those memories that happened there," she says.

New Lynn resident Cathy Head moved to West Auckland from England two years ago where she worked as a stone mason on iconic buildings, including St Paul's Cathedral.

She says being involved in the programme has allowed her to combine the craft of stone masonry with making art.

"I never did this kind of thing in Bristol. It was just a job," she says.

"I've made more work in the last year than I have in 20 years. It's nice to look round and see all the thing's I've made. I'll just carry on and make more and more."

Ms Head uses words to portray messages and will showcase two works in the exhibition, Fragile which has been crafted from stone and wood, and You should be over that by now, which tells of how people can say things intending to be helpful but instead have the opposite effect.

Along with 11 other emerging artists from across Auckland, Ms Shepherd and Ms Head met once a week over the year to develop their style and advance their professional practice.

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Eleven represents the diversity within the group of artists and consists of sculptural pieces, stonemasonry, photography and both landscape and abstract paintings.

Programme mentor Ms Adelys says the project not only works towards improving their technique but also navigates them through the art industry.

The exhibition will be held in the Projectspace shed at Corban Estate Arts Centre from December 7-9, 10am to 4pm.

- Western Leader

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