Four seasons in one day

Last updated 07:29 16/10/2012

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This Sunday join Kina NZ Design + Artspace for a family-friendly celebration of a whimsical tale, a beautiful picture book and CD for young and old.

Tip Tap Toe has been a creative collaboration between storyteller Lesley Dowding and artist Sarah Sampson, who met in their roles as teacher and parent at New Plymouth's St John Bosco School earlier this year.

The book is crafted in a whimsical, vintage style and takes readers on a journey through the four seasons. Garden scenes come to life with the antics of five quirky little critters commonly found in New Zealand gardens: a cheeky mouse, cantankerous weta, flighty monarch, sluggish snail and lanky daddy longlegs.

The narrative involves a very long girl and very short boy dealing with one of life's many complex issues - in this case, being lumbered with a painfully long name. Lesley Dowding will tell the tale at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

A sale of limited-edition illustrations by Sarah Sampson and music on the street by Andy Basset will lend a festive air.

The New Plymouth Bible Society Action Group, with Christopher Luke, director of music at the Cathedral Church of Taranaki, will present Musical Extravaganza on Sunday, November 11. The event starts at 2.30pm at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, New Plymouth. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

It is the last week to view Taranaki artist Peter Lambert's exhibition at Kina. Called Berlin, the prints and paintings are based on a five-week trip he made to Berlin in October last year.

Govett-Brewster Babes takes place this Friday from 10am at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Mums, dads and caregivers can get their art and culture fix with a baby and toddler-friendly talk about an artwork in the exhibition Sub-Topical Heat: New art from South Asia.

The talk is about NS Harsha's installation, Nations, which includes 192 treadle sewing machines. Cost: adults $5, including morning tea. The gallery is fully accessible, has baby-changing facilities and breast feeding is welcome. No booking is required for this event.

A Labour Weekend Exhibition, Insight, will be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at both 11.30am and 2pm.

Each day you can join Govett- Brewster staff for a walk and talk around the Sub-Topical Heat exhibition, which includes work by nine artists from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

As the largest exhibition of art from South Asia in New Zealand so far, it presents video, photography, installation, painting, sculpture and photo- media.

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In the open window space outside the Govett-Brewster is Namaste, Satkara The Curry Bunch by Auckland-based artist Bepen Bhana.

Resplendent with bindis, the Brady Bunch is reimagined belonging to Bhana's world as a personal response to ideas of cultural identity in foreign lands.

This is the last weekend of the Govett-Brewster touring exhibition Lawrence Aberhart: Recent Taranaki Photographs at Patea's Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki.

The show opens at Lysaght-Watt Gallery in Hawera on November 8.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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