Northern News : January 23rd 2013
10 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 NEWS ARTS CALENDAR NOTICES Honey Jam Festival, featuring a line-up of 18 bands and entertainers. Food stalls provided, January 26 and 27. Camping available, family-friendly and great music. All info and tickets available at thehoneyjam.co.nz or phone Louise Garland 021 175 8830. Hot Ginger Gallery, new works by Hot Ginger artists including locally made soaps, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, prints, toys and clothing. Also hosting women's designer fashionwear by Heike Ngan. Open daily. 10am-4pm, 389 Kerikeri Rd. The Ones with Pencils,isanew, non-profit, youth run, art collective. Join the official' opening of The Ones With Pencils with food, art and live music. 11 Cobham Rd, Opening hours Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am- 12.30pm. Film night on Saturdays 7pm-9pm. South Sea Arts, in Russell, presents Sandra-Jane Suleski, 30-plus new paintings. These paintings include new works from a variety of series including, The Saints, Devotions to the Seven Sorrows, Unto the River -- Virginia Woolf tribute and Through Illness and Anxiety. There is also a range of eclectic works dedicated to the Mexican Sacred Heart and also several complementary larger retrospective works on exhibition. Runs until the end of January. Group exhibition of quality art at Kaan Zamaan by Richard Adams, Lawrence Aberhart, Rob Anderson, Mike Nettmann, Paul Mason, Rachel Miller, Chris Wilkie and many more. New works by Bill Snider. Go to kaanzamaan.co.nz for more details. January 25, 5pm- 8pm preview opening. Exhibition open daily until March 3. 373 Kerikeri Rd. Ph 09 407 5191. Hokianga Art Gallery Summer Exhibition, at the i-Site, Opononi. Hokianga artists exhibit painting, prints, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, jewellery and more, until January 31. Open daily 8.30am- 5pm. Village Arts Kohukohu, Outpost Hokianga DIY Design is this year's exciting pop-up installation by Lise Strathdee. Runs until January 31. Village Arts annual Summer Showcase, and new work in Marg Morrow Photographic Gallery. Ipipira Art Gallery presents, ''Summer Exhibition''. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm at 39 Williams Rd, Paihia. The Pink Room, Open design studio and boutique stocking local Keri designers, new and funky womens, childrens and menswear. Great deals on now from a creative collective. 2505B SH10 down the lane at Martys Golf Cafe. Open Sat- Sun 10am-4pm and weekdays 2pm-7pm. Art at Wharepuke, Gallery open seven days 9am-5pm. Kerikeri Rd. Art In Kerikeri, now open through to February 2013 in downtown Kerikeri at 99 Kerikeri Rd (between Vodafone & Specsavers). Eight artists offering painting, ceramics, wood works and more -- all original, all affordable. Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-1pm. The Last Ocean, the Bay of Islands Maritime Park is hosting a screening of The Last Ocean on Blu- Ray at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, January 31, starting at 6pm (bar opens 5.30pm). Tickets $5. Ocean and Orchard Wine and Food Festival, Saturday, February 23, Kerikeri Domain, Bay of Islands 11am-6pm. Including Wearable Arts Competition, sponsored by Keoghan's Showcase Jewellers. Design and create a wearable accessory item with an ocean and/ or orchard theme, ie, a hat, bag, mask, scarf, neckpiece, belt, etc -- your choice. Entries will be judged on originality, creative use of materials, appropriateness to theme, quality of workmanship and overall presentation. Two sections and prizes for student (12-17 years), senior (18 years and over). Go to oceanand orchardfestival.co.nz. Latest literary offerings for all tastes REVIEWS BY BOB MOLLOY Pollinator Bee These superbly drawn illustrations in full colour tell the story of the honey bee and the vital part it plays in the pollination of the plants and trees that feed not only humankind but also our farm animals. Each picture has a simple, one or two line caption for reading to small children. It will certainly spark children s interest in bees, plants and vegetable grow- ing, helping them under- stand the natural cycle of living things and the import- ance of bees. Printed on easy to clean glossy paper for handling by littlies it will have any child avidly watching bee behav- iour in the garden. Written and illustrated by Sue Hall, Pollinator Bee is available at $17 from the website suehallbooks.com or from bookshops. Tom and Tilly, written and illustrated by Jedda Robard, invites children to join Tom and his teddy bear Tilly at bath time in a great adventure on the high seas. Complete with instruc- tions for making your own paper boat. For reading to children from age 2 and older. Publi- shed by Walker Books in full colour and hard cover at $27.99. Granny Grommet and Me, by Diane Wolfer illus- trated by Karen Blair is per- fect summer reading for youngsters from 3 plus. It follows the adventures of a group of surfing grand- mothers taking a grandchild to the beach. In full colour and hard cover from Walker Books at $29.99. The hero of Bad Gram- mar by Nathan Luff is Mar- cus, a warrior in the gaming world but a target for the bullies at his boarding school. Bourkely Boys, known to the pupils as Bad Grammar, is more like a prison than a school. Sent there by his parents to cure him of his gaming habit, he ends up recruiting his own team of warriors and battling the entire school hierarchy. In soft cover from Walker Books at $18.99 with a rec- ommended reading age of 9 plus. Maximum Maxx by Michael Wagner, jam- packed with hilarious illus- trations by Terry Denton, is for cricket lovers of all ages. It follows the fortunes of Maxx Rumble and the boys of the Stone Valley Saints cricket team as they combat a blind umpire, sledging, bowling scams and the other dodges pulled by their opponents through a sum- mer of cricket. This is a laugh-a-page stuff, in soft cover from Walker Books at $19.95. Berlin: a Three- Dimensional Expanding City Skyline by Sarah McMenemy. A great little pocket, pop-up gift book in its own case showing the architectural gems of Berlin; from Walker Books at $12.96. Solanum: Short Stories from a Small Country, self- published by Kerikeri writer Ronald Grant, is available from Poppies at $20 or as an e-book. Contact saltriver@ orcon.net.nz. Whale story inspires author Grey's Journey: Lydia Millet writes and illustrates a children's book. WRITER AND A TRAVELLER Lydia Millet was born in the United States and lived in New Zealand from the age of 7. She attended Whangaroa College and Whangarei Girls High School. She is currently director of communications and development at the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition -- a non-profit environmental organisation in northern British Columbia. The book is available at Kwan Nursery in Kerikeri. Lydia Millet has always loved being creative, and she loves whales. The 27-year-old grew up on a boat sailing through the Pacific. Living on a boat you don t have TV. You really don t have too many things to entertain yourself if the weather is bad or if the sun is too hot. So I spent much of my childhood making up lit- tle stories and drawing to entertain myself, she says. Building up to her goal of being a writer, she studied English literature at univer- sity but she went on to work as a policy analyst in Wel- lington. I wrote every day but I missed creative writing. So she did a creative writ- ing diploma at Whitireia Polytechnic. The programme included poetry, short story writing, journalistic writing but by far the best module was writ- ing for children. It was when she was doing the picture book section of the programme that she saw a news item about a grey whale getting lost and end- ing up in the Mediterranean. It is believed that instead of heading south through the Pacific during its usual migration, this whale became lost. Some scientists have speculated that due to climate change and the mel- ting of sea-ice, the whale took an Arctic route along the Siberian Coast and may have swum through the pre- viously impassable North- west Passage, Ms Millet says. I started imagining what an amazing adventure this would have been. How scary it would have been for the whale and what the other sea creatures would have thought about seeing this extraordinary creature pass through. This whale s real adven- ture was the inspiration for the story I created about baby Grey. Lydia too was migrating. I decided it was time that I had my own adventure. I moved from Wellington to a tiny town in northwest British Colombia called Smithers. So here I was in a strange place, a bit like the little grey whale, a bit lost and confused I suppose, missing my family. Contending with bears and moose and all kinds of things I had never dreamed of before and being not sure what to do with myself I started painting the pictures to go along with the story I had recently written, she says. As winter approached and I found myself in a cabin in the woods in minus 30 degrees Celsius the logical thing to do was to turn to my paints.
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