It’s Artist in Action weekend on the Miramar Peninsula. This weekend from 10-4pm on Saturday 8 March and Sunday 9 March 2014 visits artists on the peninsular from painters to potters to printmakers, and more in their studios.
It’s part of the Miramar Peninsula Arts Trail which you can follow at any time, but this weekend, gets you access to more studios, space see how the artists work . This is your chance to see how they work, ask questions and pick up or commission a work you’ll love.
Tickets can be purchased for a map and list of artists at The Clay Penguin, 13 Hector Street, Seatoun or Blackmore Best Gallery, Shelly Bay Road, (where you can amble down the road for the delicious seafood BBQ at the Chocolate Fish Cafe)
Also on Saturday is Craft Central, it’s Wellington’s newest and cutest Craft Fair, it’s held on the second Saturday of every month at Miramar Central School Hall in Park Road from 10am till 2pm.
Every Thursday from noon til sunset.
February and March.
Taranaki Wharf and Odlins Plaza outside Macs Brewery and St Johns Heneiken.
(you wondered what those mini containers on the waterfront were for didn’t you?!)
(the usual suspects seen at other markets)
(demo’s and have-a-go)
Some speed painting…
(5pm, for sale after)
And best of all… sunshine (all things being equal), plenty of seating, and conviviality.
Three more to go.
Interesting that my reflective sense of the music looking back is percussion, but there are quite a lot of little things banging or rubbing on other things to create unusual and interesting sounds.
Power Plant is a night-time walk through the Botanic Gardens on a one-way circuit starting and finishing at the lookout beside the Cable Car Museum. All the way along the walk are light and sound fixtures which nearly all make you look closer to see just how they’re done, but because we were briefed at the start that there is to be no photography I can’t reveal any secrets here.
You are set off in groups of 10ish at 10 minute intervals to ensure no-one is on top of anyone else throughout the circuit (which works well), and the whole circuit takes about an hour (unless one wants to take advantage of the food and drinks for sale on the grass by the sound shell and park up there for a while, in which case you could stretch it to 90 minutes). There are people in the dark all the way along to point you in the right direction, and all other side-paths are roped or blocked off so you can’t deviate (the odd dark body appearing in the side vision also ensured the heart was pumping adequately).
My favourites were a foggy tunnel with weird 3D perception of what you’re walking through, a display at the bottom in the duck pond that made me think of tribal council on one of those island reality shows, and the small paddock of whirling flowers on the way back up that made me think whirling dervishes.
So definitely worth the $30 as a oncer, and do wear warm clothing (it was darned cold and precipitous on Friday night) and comfortable walking shoes for being up and down dale.
Until 16 March. Tickets available via Ticketek (there’s also a Ticketek booth at the top of the Cable Car for the duration).
As we walk into the theatre a woman sits on stage frantically writing in a tiny book. She wears a plain blue dress made out of different patterned fabrics. Her hair is parted in the middle and tightly pulled back. Every so often she pauses, looks into the distance, then scribbles some more. The furniture is sparse – a writing desk, a table, a chair. A fireplace is in the background with books on shelves on either side. Four tiny paintings complete the picture of a study belonging to a family of modest means. The woman is Charlotte Bronte.
Over the next 75 minutes Charlotte tells us the story of her life – her family, her sisters, her writing, her ambition. At least 75% of the script comes from her letters and novels. This makes the frustration and sorrow expressed all the more poignant.
Mel Dodge whirls around the stage through the production. Almost constantly in motion it is a nice way of showing the character’s desire for movement while directly relating to the fact that Bronte and her sisters used to get so worked up during their writing sessions that they would stride around the table. Dodge is particularly affecting during the scenes where she’s still, when she is playing grief and sadness. Her lower lip trembles, and tears well up in her eyes. I absolutely believe the truth of her performance in those moments. I want to have more time to be affected by it.
A strong performance based on a strong script.