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South coast-inspired artist takes up residency

Nov 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Uncategorized

Roberts MAIN TOPCatherine Roberts looks out from the new gallery in Lyall Bay where she is the resident artist after an invitation by the NZ Affordable Arts trust.

The gallery opened this month and its purpose is to promote and encourage local emerging artists.

Catherine (34), a Miramar mother of four children from three to 14, admits to nerves about taking up the four-month opportunity at Maranui Gallery.

RESIDENT ARTIST: Painting at the gallery

“I was excited and honoured when first asked to be the resident artist, but at the same time a little bit nervous,” says Catherine, who works mainly in acrylics on canvas.

“I had to believe in myself  to commit to the time away from my children and to open myself and my art to public opinion.

“My biggest inspiration is the south coast landscapes, the impressiveness that is all around me and my family and friends.”

According to the surf life saving club with the same name, the word “Maranui” means “long sands” and was used by Maori to describe an abundance of sand and sea.

The Affordable Arts trust creates non-threatening environments for ordinary everyday people, and allows the public to buy art at affordable prices.

Trust executive director Carla Russell says  Catherine was selected because she has come a long way in a short time and she is a local painter.

“She was finalist for our signature piece award and she was shortlisted for our $15,000 artists grant,” says Ms Russell.

“[Catherine’s works] sold really well at our recent show. Her work really suits Lyall Bay – the colours and the textures.”

The public is invited to watch Catherine work and view her art at the gallery on Lyall Bay Parade.

Gallery hours are 10am-2pm Wednesday to Sunday.

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