Over 100 artists and art supporters gathered on Friday evening for the opening of Art On The Quay, Kaiapoi’s new art space. Jackie Watson, exhibition co-ordinator, gave a special welcome to the Kaiapoi artists who have been agitating for a place to exhibit for some years now and praised the Waimakariri District Council for not just rebuilding what was lost in the earthquakes, but finding the room for the exhibition space in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.
Mayor David Ayers expressed his pleasure at seeing Kaiapoi getting back on its feet again, and Brian Hoult, chair of the Waimakariri Community Arts Council explained how Art On The Quay will provide the same service to the community as Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery although retaining its independence and developing its own character.
The final speaker was artist, Mary Kelleher, who said the title of the exhibition, A Stitch in Time, could be applied to the rebuild of Kaiapoi.
“A stitch in time is about the women of the great depression who made aprons out of sugar sacks with flair and care.
“ I hope you sense some of that spirit in my work, and it’s what I sense, when I see how Kaiapoi is mending itself with the flair and care that you see in this building.
“It’s about not letting circumstances take away your artistic inspiration.”
Kelleher’s exhibition is of six textile murals including The Mill is Kaiapoi.