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Exhibition showcases Katherine Mansfield’s love of flowers

Nov 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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THE KATHERINE Mansfield Birthplace is hosting a three month-long art exhibition centred on Mansfield’s love of flowers.

Her Painted Words features artwork from 20 New Zealand contemporary artists.

The artworks are based on their reactions to Mansfield’s descriptions of her love of flowers and the environment.

Some of Katherine Mansfield’s notebooks will also be displayed. They include sketches of flowers, and have never been seen in public before.

All the artworks are being sold, and some of the money will go towards the maintenance of the KMB.

Curators Nicola Saker, Caryl McKirdy and KMB Deputy Chair Laurel Harris wanted to show Mansfield’s enjoyment of nature.

“Mansfield is frequently portrayed as a tragic consumptive, but right up to the end of her life, she delighted in the natural world, particularly flowers. We wanted to convey that delight.”

Contributing artists include Gretchen Albrecht, Joanna Braithwaite, Séraphine Pick, Sam Duckor-Jones, Lynn Kelly, Melvin Day and Gavin Chilcott.

Her Painted Words was officially launched on November 15, by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones and art collector Dame Jenny Gibbs. It opened to the public the following day, and closes on February 16 next year.

It will run from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday at Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington. Entry fees are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens/students and $2.00 for children.

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