Coast inspired art in Hospice exhibition

Rose-Mary Read has been painting using acrylic pouring for the last 18 months, and says she is inspired by Stanmore Bay and deep meditation.

Royda Vitasovich holds one of her Hospice Exhibition entries: a cross woven out of seaweed, finished with varnish, and held together by steel bars. Royda is especially grateful to Hospice after they “were wonderful” in supporting her husband, who died from a brain tumour three years ago.


The Hospice Hibiscus Art Exhibition returns to the Estuary Arts Centre on Queen’s Birthday weekend to raise funds for Hospice, featuring over 400 pieces from 95 artists.

The popular exhibition is in its 14th year and Royda Vitasovich has entered her creations in the exhibition for the last 10. This year she is providing four pieces that she describes as “contemporary Pacific flora and fauna.”

Coming from three generations of shell collectors, Royda’s art is inspired by, and created with, natural resources. Materials she used in this year’s entries include seaweed, tumbleweed and tapa cloth made from mulberry tree bark.

Another local artist, Rose-Mary Read, is entering water themed art inspired by her studio’s view of Stanmore Bay.

Her paintings are created by acrylic pouring, the process of mixing silicone with fluid acrylic paint to create cell-like patterns.

“It takes a while to work out the science behind it, and then it is an intuitive process from there,” Rose says.

Thirty five percent of the profits from every piece sold go to Hospice, as well as 100 percent of proceeds from one donation piece from each artist.

The exhibition begins with a $25 opening auction night on Thursday, May 30 and is then available to view for a donation from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2, 9am to 4pm.

Info and opening night tickets: phone 09 421 9180, or visit harbourhospice.org.nz/event/hibiscus-art-exhibition-2019/


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