Hospice care inspires artist

Clare Woods at work in her home-based studio.

Clare has donated Spring Flight to be auctioned at mARTakana
Clare has donated Spring Flight to be auctioned at mARTakana

Spring Flight by Clare Woods will be among the colourful and vibrant works for sale at mARTakana – Harbour Hospice’s annual fundraising art exhibition this month.

The exhibition, at Matakana School Hall, opens with a ticketed preview and auction on Thursday, January 21, from 6pm and runs until January 24. Entry is free from Friday to Sunday.    

Spring Flight will be auctioned with 100 per cent of the sale price going to support Hospice.

Clare says supporting Harbour Hospice was an easy decision for her after experiencing the care given to her entire family when her father-in-law was dying.

“John was ill for about six months and hospice was unbelievable – you have no idea until you’re in the middle of it,” she says.

“Everyone was always asking how we were doing and what they could do for us.”

Clare says the hospice team made it easy for her to bring her energetic preschool sons to visit their grandad in the Inpatient Unit. When her older boy turned five, the staff helped organise a birthday party so the whole family could be there.

Clare has been painting since childhood, and has enjoyed periods of painting for her children, exploring botanical subjects, negative space and recently, abstracts featuring curves and arches.

She is inspired by her online connection with “an amazing pool of artists” all over the world, which has led her to get involved in several charity initiatives.

Around 50 other artists will also have works at the exhibition.

Harbour Hospice is the only specialist, palliative care provider for families living in Warkworth and Wellsford

For further information and to buy tickets for the preview night, visit harbourhospice.org.nz/event/martakana

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