Waitaki Herald : November 5th 2014
8 WAITAKI HERALD, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 ART/NEWS Norgrove’s art imitates life O By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com amaru artist Jani Norgrove says to be good at art, you just have to enjoy yourself. Originally from the Hawke’s Bay region, Norgrove moved to Oamaru in 2008 and after several years of work now has around 30 paintings on display at Vinnies Restaurant on Thames St as part of her Not Just Pretty Pictures exhibition. The subject matter of her exhi- bition is varied and is inspired by love and lost love, the Christchurch earthquake, family generations and people’s emotions, spirituality, life experiences and nature. ‘‘It just comes to me really. I paint things and emotions people go through, that we all go through.’’ Norgrove said. ‘‘Art is not only to do with an ability to draw. Art, in essence, is an outward expression of your own interpretations and what you see, feel, hear, dream or experience in life. ‘‘It is yours and yours alone and you owe it to yourself to feel free to give it full expression in whatever materials or medium you wish, have or can afford. No explanations are necessary, just enjoy yourself.’’ Norgrove doesn’t have one par- ticular style she focuses on. She has created works using oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels. She’s also dabbled in encaustic wax art and pergamano, a technique which involves painting and embossing on parchment paper. At her home, Norgrove has utilised areas of white space to paint several murals. While clearly a talented artist Norgrove believes with the right attitude, anyone can create art. ‘‘We all have the creative seed in us, we just need to have faith in ourselves to express it and the enjoyment in the learning and doing process. For me, art energises and acknowledges origins,’’ she said. Later this month, Norgrove is gifting two of her works to a pair of community organisations. She said she probably doesn’t have too many paintings left in her and wants to share them with the community while she can. ‘‘I’m not in it for the money. It’s about using the talent and experience I do have to encourage and uplift others.’’ Owner of Vinnies Restaurant Vincent Davis said Norgrove’s work has brightened up his business and is popular with his customers. ‘‘It’s quite nice really, it’s great to have someone embrace their passion like I have with food.’’ Talented: Oamaru artist Jani Norgrove with some of her work. Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ DO YOU NEED A We can help: • Domestic Cleaning • Lawns and Gardening • Hedges and Tree Pruning • Full Property Maintenance • Rental Property and Tenancy cleans • Handyman Repairs and Painting • Commercial Cleaning FOR QUICK EFFICIENT AND AFFORDABLE SERVICE CALL OR TEXT TODAY Two wheels: This year’s Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club Penny Farthing and Vintage Cycle tour leaves town tomorrow. Cyclists taking southern jaunt By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org More than 20 riders are taking part in this year’s Penny Farthing and Vintage Cycle Tour. The tour, organised by the Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club, has been held for the past several years with a different route being tackled each time. This year’s is the more than 260 kilometre “good old fashioned service with a smile “ 022 156 9098 6369305AA journey from Blenheim to Hanmer Springs, which is expected to take between four and five days. Along the way the cyclists will visit local schools, where they will talk about their bicycles and let children have rides. The procession of wheel-men and women leaves Oamaru tomorrow and they are scheduled to arrive back in Oamaru, outside the Forrester Gallery, at around 5.15pm on Saturday. They will be greeted by Oamaru Victorian Heri- tage Celebrations chairman Kevin Malcolm, while Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher will give a civil address. Those keen to track the cyclists’ progress can do so at the Oamaru Public Library, where a map detailing the route has been set up. Last year the club’s cycle tour took in the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which extends more than 300km between Aoraki Mt Cook and Oamaru.
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