Stories Told by Amanda Hewlett & Cecilie Elliot
6th – 27th November 2017
New Plymouth artist Amanda Hewlett paints landscapes that focus on the history and kōrero relating to New Zealand’s identity, expressing the physical attributes of her subject.
The inspiration for her exhibition Stories Told came from sitting in the sun on the banks of the Whanganui River, reading the poetry of James K Baxter:
About twilight we came to the whitewashed pub
On a knuckle of land above the bay.
Amanda’s exhibition is in partnership with Cecilie Elliott’s Quirky Sculptures that celebrate the joy of life.
“I have lived in Fitzroy, New Plymouth for over 20 years. I love the outdoors and enjoy the lifestyle that Taranaki offers.
Over the years I have been creative in various art forms such as floral art, driftwood, sea shell crafts and pottery. I got back into pottery again three years ago and have been a member of the New Plymouth Pottery Club.
Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with cancer and have taken a leave of absence from my role as the Swimming New Zealand Adviser for this region.
During my treatment, I have enjoyed creating these ladies, depicting the “joy of life”. I believe that life is precious and to be enjoyed, no matter what we go through or what we experience.”