Oe Vaka exhibition celebrates 10th anniversary

Friday November 22, 2013 Written by Rachel Smith Published in Features

Paddles line the walls of The Art Studio this week, but these paddles will definitely not be hitting the water.

The Oe Vaka art exhibition opened on Tuesday evening, with many of the paddle art works sold on the night.

“We’re really pleased with the great turn out and great sales,” said gallery owner Kay George. “And it’s a great way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary.”

Over 20 paddles were included in the exhibition, with artists choosing to transform them into works of art in many varied ways.

Kanoe Aquino had three stunning paddles in the exhibition, with black pearls, sand detailing and a painted eke, combining for an island theme.

“The acceptance of fake flowers where once natural flowers and their perfumes and vitality of life were the norm,” said Gragg of her paddle entitled ‘Everlasting Ei $65’ which was covered with plastic flower ei’s.

Other works on display included the Tavioni-Raita family who exhibited four paddles, two paddles by Ian George, fish hooks by Kay George, and many artists such as David Teata and Jane Lamb who exhibited paddles last year.

Kay and Ian George say they are most appreciative and grateful to all the artists and supporters of the event over the past 10 years, and would like to thank their sponsors the ANZ banking group, Pacific Resort Group, Air New Zealand and The Bond Liquor Store.

All paddles are for sale at a set price of $500, with the exhibition open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm, until Friday November 29.

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