“Sometimes it’s up to artists to help other artists, so they can help the community” says Sofia Minson about this unique fundraiser for a new public sculpture in Masterton.
Number 1 Ponsonby Rd will be brimming with contemporary paintings, Maori weaving, sculpture and photography by over 20 artists who have strong connections to Opotiki.
Five brand new original paintings by Sofia Minson will be on show at the launch of The Real Opotiki Art Exhibition at 6:30pm on Tuesday 26th July (exhibition runs until 18th August 2016).
The first piece “Mana Wahine” (pictured left) is a framed oil portrait, which celebrates the strength and endurance of Maori women. The other four pieces are highly detailed acrylic paintings from Minson’s native New Zealand bird series.
Wow fantastic to see this generous four-page spread in the Jan/Feb 2016 New Zealand Artist Magazine on our billboard project that we did in September last year for the Nelson Arts Festival – very good memories.
Five of us artists each painted huge 1.2 x 2.4 metre artworks on the windy, gorgeous banks of the Maitai River in Nelson.
What a fantastic experience it has been with the Nelson Arts Festival this October. Thank you so much for flying me down to Nelson for two weeks to paint my heart out, situated on the banks of the beautiful Maitai River, with a group of talented, fun artists – Geoff Noble, Miriam Hansen, Smeagol, Richard Adams and the Kawai Raupapa Rauangi (Maori visual arts) students from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
We were ‘The Billboard Project’ and by the end of it, all of us had created these large-scale 1.2 metre x 2.4 metre paintings that are now being auctioned on TradeMe - you can bid here for our works. Auctions close Saturday 7th November 2015 and if you’d like to own my work entitled “Grey Ghost“ you can bid here for my painting.