Artists buttonholed for hospice

Nicolle Aston and her painting ‘Nana’s Buttons’.

Ordinary objects like buttons can evoke strong emotions when depicted by an artist as talented as Nicolle Aston.

The Matakana artist will exhibit two paintings from her ‘Vintage Button’ series when she takes part in mARTakana for the first time this month. The annual exhibition and sale will be held at the Matakana School Hall this weekend, January 20 to 22, to raise funds for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice’s new day-stay facility, Tui House, which is under construction in Glenmore Drive, Warkworth.

“The Vintage Button collection came about when I found a jar filled with colourful old buttons in my mother’s sewing room. I recognised many from the garments my grandmother had worn,” Nicolle says.

“Buttons seem to live on through the generations. Some are miniature works of art and people have a fondness for them. As kids, buttons were a commodity in the games we played.”

In addition to Nicolle’s colourful, highly detailed paintings, mARTakana will feature a wide variety of works by more than 50 other artists from the Rodney area and further afield. Prices range from less than $100 to $3000.

The exhibition opens at midday on Friday January 20, followed by a wine and nibbles opening from 6pm. Entry to the opening is by donation.

During the weekend, the show will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday, with free entry. Mike Pero Real Estate is once again providing major sponsorship for the event, which last year raised almost $25,000 for hospice.

More information, including a list of participating artists and details about the hospice building project, can be found at