Art for Good
Another highly successful art event took place at St Columba, Grey Lynn, on 18 and 19 October with their ‘ART for GOOD’ exhibition.
Well-known and emerging artists sent in works from New Zealand and overseas to help raise funds for St Columba’s outreach into the local community, providing advocacy, counselling and resources for those in need.
Courier packages began arriving the week before and the church office became a storage space for art as the date approached. On display were art pieces from 31 artists working in bronze, wood, clay, glass, harakeke, fabric and mixed media – including some extraordinary taxidermied birds by local artist Karley Feaver – and several small, exquisite paintings. A large vessel was donated by ceramicist Phil Brooks as a silent auction item.
The St Columba team, supplemented by volunteers from the Friday Haakari (community meal) and other friends, created the gallery space, ‘personned’ the sales desk and packed it all away at the close of the exhibition. After a steady stream of visitors and sales over two days, the art was retrieved by the artists, and the hall was made ready again for business as usual the following week.
In the past five years, St Columba has earned a reputation for popular art events. Their annual Clay Works Potters’ Market has grown each year and in 2019 saw hundreds of people flock to the hall to buy work by New Zealand potters. In 2017, the hall was transformed into an art gallery for the large paintings of artist Simon Kerr whose autobiographical work draws on his engagement with the New Zealand justice system.
From left: Liz Caughey, Christina Faalogo-Lilo and Huia Swann put in a shift at the ART for GOOD sales desk.
Karley Feaver's taxidermied birds.
Glass vessels by local artist, Stephen Bradbourne.