Paddle art highlights vaka spirit

Thursday November 19, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
Cook Islander Alana Short’s paddle art piece made an eye-catching sight in a previous Vaka Eiva art exhibition. 15111358 Cook Islander Alana Short’s paddle art piece made an eye-catching sight in a previous Vaka Eiva art exhibition. 15111358

THE VAKA Eiva Art Exhibition has been one of the major highlights in the annual paddling competition, and it will be no different this year.

The event has a proud history, having been started by local artists Kay and Ian George in 2006.

This year it has a new location and will be held on Monday, November 23 at Le Bon Vivant in Avarua, next to Moana Gems. 

The exhibition will show paddles ranging from intricately carved pieces to ones decorated in fabric and fibre, painted withm island scenes.
Such is the diversity of the show this year, there are even some crocheted pieces.

In fact, diversity is the theme of this year’s exhibition and over 40 artists are participating.

Vaka Eiva 2015 coordinator Chrissy Thomas says the work of a number of well-known local artists will be on display.

Well-known Cook Islands artists taking part include Kay and Ian George, Mahariki Tangaroa, Nanette Le’laulu, Mike and Awhitia Tavioni, David Teata, to name a few, while emerging artists from Tereora and Nukutere Colleges and around the island are also set to put their pieces on show.

The paddles will be on sale for $500 each and can be previewed on the Vaka Eiva Facebook from Thursday, November 19. 

“Don’t miss this fun evening of art, wine, food and mingling.

Early arrivals will receive a glass of wine courtesy of Tohu Wines and silver sponsor CITC Liquor with canapés provided by Le Bon Vivant,” Thomas said.

“Live entertainment will set the mood and for those wishing something more substantial to eat Le Bon Vivant will be serving their street food menu, with their bar open till late.”

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