SummaryIt has been two years since the catastrophic grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty. Story by Pete Morris (2013). Main Body
Well-known local artist Peter Cramond has brought together a group of fellow artists from our area to present an exhibition that reflects on the disaster and the events that followed the 5th of October 2011 tragedy.
The artworks will explore the idea that our actions directly impact on our environment and this has far reaching consequences for the welfare of our marine ecosystems and the future of our planet.
Different physical, emotional and spiritual responses of the artists following the event are to be seen in the many works on display.
Gannet in Oil' acrylic on canvas by Elliot Mason (2011).
The exhibition focusses our attention on individual responsibility, the importance of taking care of our precious environment and is an acknowledgement to the many people who responded by freely volunteering their time and energy to the extensive clean-up operation.
It is important for everyone involved to discuss and process the experience as part of the healing process.
Hopefully many of those who were involved will come along to the exhibition to share memories and rekindle friendships.
A percentage of any sales will go to a yet to be announced environmentally motivated cause.
Two years on we have witnessed a return to the health of marine life and a gradual healing of the environment.
The exhibition will feature work by this diverse group of talented artists:
Heidi Borchardt Dan Couper Nic Clegg Peter Cramond Owen Dippie Jayne Ivimey Dylan Keys Tania Lewis-Rickard Naomi Leonard Simon Madgwick Elliot Mason Rob Mc Gregor James Ormsby Tawhia Rickard Dave Roy Beaudean Cotton Meliors Simms Chris Parker
There will be audio visual presentations and music will be provided by local musician Alicesea.
Everyone is welcome to join the artists at Zeus Gallery on the fifth of October for an evening of art, reflection and celebration.
'Two Years On' Zeus Gallery, 106 11th Avenue, Tauranga, Saturday October 5th 2013, 6-8pm.
by Pete Morris (September 2013).
Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a freelance writer with a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.