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Through Other Eyes, a unique art exhibition by Debo
Kalamovitch, Iain Morle, Yvette O'Neill, Hastings
Community Arts Centre until Oct 15.
Uke Night, Joyce's going-away party. The Cabana,
Art Deco Showtime, Masonic Hotel, session times
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masonic.co.nz or phone 835 8689. $28pp.
Bluff Hill Bowling Club, Neighbourhood Invitation
Afternoon, from 3.30pm. All ages welcome.
Lighthouse Rd, Napier. Monster Garage Sale, Napier
Boys' High School, fundraising for football tour.
Shoe Clinic Bluewater Fun Run and Walk,
registrations from 5.30pm, starts 6pm from Bluewater
Shotgun Alley, The Cabana, doors open 8pm.
Vanuatu draws painter
By CAROLYN VEEN
Exquisite: Vanuatu in pastel: Innocence captured by Michael Blow.
Daily life for Napier artist
Michael Blow is essentially a
visual experience. It is the
very fabric of who he is, in
mind and on canvas.
His search for subject mat-
ter has taken him to many
countries over the years, with
Vanuatu being the most
He was part of a team from
the St John s Cathedral that
went over to Vanuatu in July.
We get used to our
cathedrals and churches, so to
be sitting on a wooden floor
underneath a corrugated iron
lean-to with the minister and
the congregation so keen and
dedicated, and spiritually
involved in all the community,
the contrast was so fascinat-
ing. That s what I think of
when I m painting; these are
truly honest and beautiful
souls that are speaking to us
through these children. All
the depths of being were on
show, and I wanted to capture
the character of their inno-
cence, freedom and joy.
Of the 16 works in his latest
exhibition, some are exquisite
studies of people and places in
From still life to flowers and
portraits, every little stroke of
colour is perfect in its place-
ment -- it s like magic.
In his work Peaches and
Liqueur the skill is astound-
ing; the fur on the peach, the
sheen on the glass, the moist-
ure on the grapes and the
weave of the cloth, he says it s
about touching the soul of the
thing -- the real being of a
It s hard to imagine Michael
Blow could improve on what
he does, but he says there s no
such thing as perfection.
As I ve got older, it does
takes a little longer, and
there s probably two
components to that; slowing
down, imperceptibly of course,
and seeing more, which
means it takes longer to do.
By seeing more, I mean
understanding the subject
and also the ability to see
colours and tones in a more
refined and finer way than I
ever did before, and that s the
sort of thing that s evolved in
painting the blush on a peach
or the reflection on a glass.
Michael Blow s artwork will
be under the spotlight at the
Red Peach Gallery in Ahuriri
from October 7 to 30.
Guest poet Paterson to read work
Auckland poet and critic Alistair
Paterson will be reading his
poems in Hastings on October 10.
Paterson is a previous editor of
Climate magazine and is cur-
rently editor of Poetry New Zea-
He has published several
volumes of his own poetry,
including book-length poems The
Toledo Room (1978) and Africa
(2008) which explored complex
issues of human history and
identity. In 2007 he was
appointed an Officer of the New
Zealand Order of Merit for
services to literature.
He is the guest of the Hawke s
Bay Live Poets at the Hastings
Community Arts Centre in Rus-
sell St on Monday. Doors open at
7.30pm and the poetry starts at
8pm. Donations of finger food are
welcome. Admission $5.
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