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Friday, 19 April 2019 12:20 am

End of the arts trail for Whitireia Lindale campus

kapiti arts Kathy Sutton

KATHY SUTTON: in her 4th year at the Lindale campus arts trail showcasing her acrylic paintings.

kapiti arts bannerKapiti Arts Trail ran through Lindale for what may be the last time at the weekend.

Whitireia Polytechnic has announced a shift into Paraparaumu but campus administrator Mary Wilson hopes it will remain a vital part of the arts community and the big annual weekend.

Ms Wilson says between 800-1000 people came through Lindale on Saturday, but the sunny Sunday was quieter with about 600 visitors.

“People came through in waves, one minute it was quiet, the next it was like they all came in on a bus,” she says.

The general feeling among exhibitors was there too many places on the trail to visit, says Ms Wilson.

There was also competition from other local events such as school fairs.

Saturday was the best retail day reported by exhibitors, with best sellers being jewellery and smaller crafts.

The pen and ink drawings by David Bang sold extremely well, while the paintings were slow to move, says Ms Wilson.

She says the “for sale” sign for the campus generated plenty of questions as people wanted to know who was going to buy it, what would happen to it, and if the polytechnic would be hosting the arts trail again.

As one of the biggest events on the coast, the trail involved hundreds of artists displaying works, ranging from painting, sculpture, jewellery and photography, to graphics, mosaics, pottery, woodwork, metalwork, weaving, glasswork and clothing, in private studios, cafes and artisan fairs across the region.

Waikanae porcelain painter Sheila Downey, 78, is a practiced hand at setting up, having exhibited at the Lindale campus every year, and says it is a lovely setting, with light, airy rooms perfect for showcasing art.

She says porcelain painting – not to be confused with ceramic painting – can take up to eight layers to slowly build up the colour on the glazed surface, and each layer has to be fired in a special kiln at 800C.kapiti arts Sheila Downey

Ms Downey (left) thinks this could be the last year she exhibits on the Kapiti Arts Trail.

A group of nine friends and artists, who exhibit their collective work under the “Pic N Mix” banner, have also been regular exhibitors at the campus.

One of the founding members, Wendi Lindsay, pictured, says the group name sums up the assortment of art they do: “We’re passionate about what we do and just want to get our art out there.”kapiti arts Wendi Lindsay

She is hoping the polytechnic will continue to provide a venue next year, after it moves to its new premises at the Mitre 10 building in Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, next August.

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