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ART & ENTERTAINMENT
KOKOMAI, WHAT TO CHOOSE - HOW ABOUT
Excitement is brewing about the Kokomai Creative Festival
in October. With over 100 events to choose from the
problem seems to be tting it all in.
Tickets are on sale now and the website allows you to
interactively pick events by date, genre or type. Or you can
download the full version. If you prefer a hard copy there are
printed programmes available from the Wairarapa i-SITES,
Aratoi, the Carterton and Greytown Information Centres and
from Featherston Library.
Speaking of programmes and tickets we ve already had
huge interest in comedian Wilson Dixon who performs
one night only at the Carterton Events Centre on the 26th
October. He is de nitely one for the adults and at only $35.00
a ticket is fantastic value for an international performer.
Hailing from Cripple Creek Colorado, country music legend, Wilson Dixon s melodic
philosophies on life have seen him become one of the most loved characters on the Australian,
UK and NZ circuit.
Wilson Dixon s Greatest Hits show will feature a mix of old favourites and some brand new
ditties. Audiences not familiar with his style maybe interested to know he s been previously
described as "Flight of the Conchords meets Crazy Heart". He delivers his routine in a folksy
manner but with slick one liners and observations of life and his family.
"Wilson Dixon is renowned for his smart lyrics, country styling and quick wit. I think audiences
in the Wairarapa will really enjoy his live performance, and nd his unexpected turns of phrase a
pleasure to listen too," says Kokomai artistic director Heidi Holbrook.
Wilson Dixon was part of the 2010, 2011 and 2013 NZ International Comedy Festivals in
Wellington. At the 2010 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Wilson hit comedy gold,
with sell out seasons in both Auckland and Wellington with an audience of over 3,500. Wilson
went onto to pick up the Festival awards for "Best Show" and the supreme award "The Fred" for
outstanding artistic achievement.
Check out www.kokomai.co.nz for more information on Wilson Dixon and all other events.
Tickets are available via the website, Dash Tickets, i-SITES, the Carterton Events Centre and other
Dash outlets. Like KokomaiCreativeFestival on Facebook.
Papatuanuku: By Sandra Wong.
By ANNE TAYLOR
This year's Wairarapa Review has
been renamed as The Friends of
Aratoi Art Award, to reflect the
increased involvement of the
Friends group in running the
exhibition. The Art Award will follow
the same format as previous
Reviews, as a biannual selected
show with a Frist Prize of $2000,
and a Highly Commended ($1000)
and People's Choice ($500)
award. Jo Beetham, the new chair
of the Friends, has invited Alison
Bartley of Bartley + Company Art,
Wellington, to judge the exhibition.
The delivery deadline for artwork is
Sunday 17 November, 4.30pm at
Aratoi, and the exhibition will run
from 23 November to 3 February.
Contact Aratoi for entry forms.
The past six months have
been something of an art
marathon for Greytown
artist Sandra Wong,
whose solo show has just
opened at Aratoi.
Along with presenting
an artist's wall at the NZ
Art Show, she displayed
four panels of work at the
Big Wai Art Sale (staged
last weekend), and con-
tinued to run her Art Site
at the St John's Hall in
Greytown. To add a fur-
ther challenge, she com-
pleted (with the help of a
team of locals) a large
mural of native birds for
the Kokomai Festival,
now installed opposite the
BNZ in Carterton.
That was the fastest
mural I have ever worked
on, it took us two days,''
she says, acknowledging
the help of Wai Art
members and their famil-
ies, Kokomai and the Car-
Her passion for painting is undim-
med as she reflects on her new show
which, like the mural, can be seen as
a continuing homage to creatures of
the natural world, both real and
I think that stems from the fact
that I could always identify with ani-
mals more than with people, that's
just how I am,'' she says.
Whether that means native birds
in their natural habitat or suppos-
edly mundane creatures like sub-
urban moggies, all creatures have an
equal place in her intricately
detailed, jewel-like paintings.
Sometimes her work is about righ-
ting a perceived wrong with regards
to animals. Sharks, until now largely
neglected in the realms of portrait-
ure, find a special place in Sandra's
show: Hiroshi is a profile of a whale
shark wrapped in a traditional Asian
robe like a gentle samurai; perhaps a
truer representation of this creature
than the stereotypical image of
sharks as vicious hunters. Similarly
Hern (named for the Celtic forest
god) is a stag whose antlers are used
to shelter a cluster of tiny birds rat-
her than attack.
Sandra is pleased that Aratoi's
Spring school holiday programme,
led by Tina-Rae Carter, will be focus-
ing on her show and inspiring chil-
dren to come up with their own
quirky bird 2D and 3D personalities.
Children will certainly respond to
the humour that peppers her work.
Sprinkled throughout the show are
her Purple People'', a tribe of unique
animal / human hybrids, extra ter-
restrials and miscellaneous other
non-conformists who are more than
happy to be different and were first
lined up together in a painting called
As a child I hated school photos
where we all had to look the same,
but I noticed that within this, people
altered their uniforms in a slightly
different way to express their indi-
She says she stores up unusual
images, song lyrics and other snip-
pets in her subconscious, which later
flow into paintings.
A news item on gambling sparked
a subgroup of Mirrorverse paintings,
in which pairs of native birds are
reflected horizontally like the
characters on playing cards.
Another aspect flowing into her
work is a fusion of Asian/New Zea-
land imagery. Sandra is a second
generation New Zealander, whose
forebears arrived in New Zealand
from China during the dreaded poll
tax years'': It's interesting -- I don't
consciously draw on Asian imagery,
it just emerges.''
Perhaps this explains the power of
Papatuanuku, a striking portrait of
the earth mother whose adornments
of native New Zealand flowers echo
the forms of a Chinese empress'
headdress. She sees the goddess as
another of her proudly individual
purple people: Even though you
have to conform, you would still want
to hold on to what makes you you.''
The Usual Suspects & Other Stories
-- Sandra Wong, until 6 October. Also
showing at Aratoi: Puwawau, until 15
Sept; Breadcraft Wairarapa Schools
Art, 14 Sept-20 Oct. Book now for
Spring School Holiday programme (1-3
Oct & 8-10 Oct) at Aratoi: 06 370
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