Mangawhai artists break new ground
by Andy Bryenton
September has proven to be an exciting month for Mangawhai Artists Incorporated, as the creative group break new ground both literally and figuratively.
Inclement early spring weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of attendees to the groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the Mangawhai Artists’ new expansion in Moir Street.
Despite the rain, a crowd gathered last Tuesday to witness the karakia being enacted by Matua Ben Hita before the first shovel of earth was ceremonially turned by MAI committee member Grant Mitchell and Mangawhai Library Hall president Rosemary Browne.
Groundbreaking is also a word being associated with a forthcoming exhibition by no less than 14 artists, taking part in the Mangawhai Artists Spring Collection. Coordinated by Jean Fountain, this ensemble event will exhibit work from a group of artists whose art group meet every Monday in the community hall in Fagan Place Mangawhai Heads; Ann Howard, Ailsa Dennis, Gailene Marsden, Gordon McGibbon, Marion Bilton, Linda Foster, Linda Hobbs, Chris Cowley-Thomson, Ann Connew, Janine Brougham, Jean Fountain, Shirley Emerson, Lynn Middleton and Cherry Smith. The public is invited to join the artists for opening night, 6pm Thursday, September 19, with the exhibition on-site at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery until October 2, open to view from 10am to 3pm daily.
Between the onset of construction, the promise of a new space, and an unprecedented ensemble of talent on display, spring is shaping up to be an interesting time for the arts on the East Coast.