Yesterday evening a group of about 30 art enthusiasts gathered to hear Janet Bayly, director of the Mahara Gallery and the founding Chairman of the Trust, Chris Turver (both in the picture above), recount the early stages of how the gallery developed, from discussions among local artists in 1994.
The first stage was convincing the KCDC that a District Art Gallery was needed as distinct from private galleries, and provide a building for it by moving the library into what was built as the Post Office across the north entrance to Mahara Place. The library had been opened by the then Horowhenua County Council in September 1977. Having the support of Lady Hardie-Boys, wife of the then Governor General and an artist, was a big help in achieving this.
Some of the documents from the early years are displayed.
The event also marked the opening of a new exhibition: 3-D artworks by Michelle Walton (Backhouse), a couple of them visible in the photo above.
–‘Bygone Era’ by Bob Gibbs, a 3-D celebration of the ambiance of Reikorangi Potteries and café owned and operated by Wilf and Janet Wright.