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Artist tells fairytales on canvasses By Julia Czerwonatis
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Samuel Marsden Collegiate has invited Wellington artist Rebecca Holden into their art studios for a five-week residency. Throughout different workshops, classes and art sessions Rebecca works together with the Marsden girls to create three paintings picking up topics of various fairytales. “The idea of the residency is that students can see a working artist and respond to my work. They can learn from me just as I learn from them when I watch them using techniques in class that I have never tried,” Rebecca said. The artist likes to focus on visual storytelling. “I don’t make any sketches; I just do it as I go. The work becomes a journey that encompasses the entire process including little mistakes,” Rebecca explained. She said she would get her inspiration from reading.
Rebecca in her temporary art studio at Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
“I want to capture a part of a story that struck me as appealing or revolting. For the residency, I also gathered ideas by just walking around Karori and taking photos.” Rebecca said a characteristic of her work was different layering. “Some parts are thickly
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Samuel Marsden Collegiate’s Anabel Jamieson was in the spotlight last week when staging
with the New Zealand Opera’s production of the classic French opera Carmen. “The story is about a pretty lady called Carmen.
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www.tawamedical.co.nz Anabel (centre) on stage with the New Zealand Opera. Next to theatre the Year 9 student loves water polo, netball, and writing. PHOTO: Supplied
She works in a cigarette factory, and all the soldiers have fallen for her,” Anabel explained. “I was one of the naughty children in the opera that cause a lot of mischiefs,” Anabel explained. “We grow up to become soldiers, too, but we’re still too young.” Anabel went to an audition in April and was chosen out of 60 children. “I felt really ecstatic when they told me I was going to be part of the cast,” Anabel said. “It was hard work, especially because the songs we sing are all in French,” she explained. Being on stage is like a second home for the 13-year-old. She performed in the Bacchus Theatre Trust’s production of Queen of Tarts in February and
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Three art pieces called The singing bone, The donkey cabbage, and Little brother, little sister, will be resulting from Rebecca’s residency. Samuel Marsden will invite guests to an exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11, on Friday, June 23, 6-8pm.
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painted, and some have more sketching. I often use a figurative element too.” Rebecca said working in a different environment meant shifting your habits and responding to your surroundings. “It’s always good to push yourself and try something new.”
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will also be taking part in the Rongotai College production of Oliver as Bet later this year. Anabel gained a first and second placing in the North Shore Performing Arts Junior Vocal Competition and performed in the ABTC Modern Dance competition recently, gaining one second place and two third places. Anabel said being in the cast of Carmen was her greatest success so far. “I have learned so much. Being on stage with older actors was quite scary at first but everyone was really cool,” she stated. “I want to keep on track with dancing, acting and singing – I don’t like stopping. I’d love to be on Broadway one day.”
Independent Herald 14-06-17