Covid creativity on show

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Orewa artist Linley Quinlan captured the daily beach walks of local people during lockdown using pencil and paint on the daily newspaper, where you can still faintly make out the Covid-19 headlines. Linley says she used the newspaper partly because she was caught out by lockdown and ran short of materials, but also saw the potential of letting the headlines show through.

Covid Collective – creative life under lockdown is a community exhibition being held at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa from June 17.

It features works made by local artists and Estuary Arts Centre members who were asked by centre manager Kim Boyd to post images of their lockdown artworks online.

More than 50 works were posted in three weeks.

Kim says art was a great gift during Alert Level 4.

“People have asked me how I coped in lockdown and my reply was, “really well because I am a creative,” she says. “It was a gift of time to spend with my family and time to create.”

The exhibition has everything from drawing to painting, crochet, ceramics, knitting and more.

“It will be a real celebration of coming together now that we are out of our bubbles, with a bit of social distancing thrown in,” Kim says.

The Covid Collective group show is on at Estuary Arts from June 17-July 12.

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