Hospice art show popping up in Orewa

Audrey Wescott donated paintings to Hospice’s exhibition to give back after hospice came to the family’s aid.

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Audrey Wescott of Wainui was especially keen to put her artworks into the Hibiscus Hospice fundraising exhibition after hospice cared for her granddaughter who died of cancer.

Her granddaughter was just 15 years old and had a type of lung cancer which Audrey says is unusual in a young person, especially in a non-smoking family.

Hospice came into the family’s home to provide help and support.

“They were so caring and empathetic, I can’t get over it,” Audrey says. “They were always just a phonecall away.”

Audrey says the works she has donated to the exhibition are a bit of a departure, as she often paints animals or flowers. “Sometimes I’m inspired by words that strike me,” she says. “The one with the moon and the sea was inspired by a verse in the Bible “deep speaks to deep”.”

The 15th fundraising art exhibition for Hibiscus Hospice was to have been held over Queen’s Birthday weekend, but was cancelled because of lockdown.

Fundraiser Vicki Lambert was not content to sit and do nothing about the loss of revenue that fundraising cancellations and hospice shop closures meant for hospice, so she set about contacting artists, asking them to donate a piece of art.

“The response was overwhelming. Many artists offered several works, and one even offered all her stock!” Vicki says.

More than 120 works by nearly 50 artists feature, including works on canvas, paper and wood as well as fabric, jewellery and ceramics.

The exhibition will be held as a pop up at 32 Hillary Square, Orewa (former Flight Centre shop) from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 19. All artworks will be in a Silent Auction, which closes at noon on July 19, but each piece will also have a “Buy Now” price, so buyers can pay that price and take it away immediately. Otherwise the highest bidder at the Silent Auction will own that artwork. All pieces have been donated to hospice, so 100 percent of the price paid will go to Hibiscus Hospice in Red Beach.

The pop up show’s opening hours are from 10am to 4pm daily with a late night to 6pm on July 10 (opening night).

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