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MEDIA RELEASE: July 31, 2017

Art exhibition showcases amazing talent

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The Forever Art Exhibition held at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village during the weekend was a smash hit with over 500 attendees.

The exhibition, in association with Arts Canterbury, was held over three days starting with a cocktail party on Friday night. Residents and special guests had the opportunity to view the art on Friday night, while the exhibition was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Anthony Wilding resident Nan Soutar was one of the first guests to take a peek at the exhibition. She was particularly taken by a ballerina painting.

“If I had the space, I would have bought all the art here!” she said enthusiastically.

This sentiment was echoed by residents Ella Bolsover and Patricia McMinn who were captivated by a painting of the now demolished Christchurch Girls High.

“That was my old school,” Ella said gesturing to the painting. “This brings back fond memories!”

The exhibition included fantastic paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibre and jewellery from over 50 talented artists.

One of these artists was Anthony Wilding’s very own Edward Freeman. Edward, 87, has been a resident of Anthony Wilding for over 10 years and was a silversmith for 40 years.

He is a member of the Silversmith Guild of Canterbury and taught classes at the Christchurch Art Centre for 15 years.

Edward was very happy to sell some of his last pieces.

“I don’t make jewellery anymore but I am happy to see these last ones go!”

Artist Angela Mole has a special connection to Ryman as her auntie Peggy Drury is a resident at Malvina Major. Angela loved the village as it felt like a real community to her.

“Anything inspires me, I had a few Japanese students who were homesick so I had the idea of painting kimonos with Kiwiana themes. They loved it.”

The exhibition showcased some amazing talent with art ranging from landscapes to more intimate portraits of people.

Artist Ira Mitchell-Kirk became a fulltime artist when she realised time was limited after the 2011 earthquakes struck.

“I wrote a list after the earthquakes of what I wanted out of life. I’ve been an artist all my life but I realised that now was the time to pursue it even more.”

Residents Rose and Stuart Foster were some of the very first visitors to buy art.

“What a lovely event, we’re leaving before we buy any more pieces!” Rose said.

A percentage of the sales went to Ryman’s charity partner for this year, Alzheimers New Zealand.

About Ryman Healthcare: Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 31 villages and serves over 10,000 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 021 499 602.

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