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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times, Mon, March 25, 2013
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 25, 2013 --- 5 120883 CASCADES ROAD THIRSTY LIQUOR PAKURANGA Shop 5, 117 Cascades Rd www.thirstyliquor.co.nz 120709-V2 First in service First in value New Zealand's Favourite Liquor Chatelle Napoleon French Brandy 1L Dewar's White Label Whisky 1L Stil Vodka 1L Seagers Gin 1L Absolut Vodka 1L Jim Beam 1L Coruba Rum Original 1L Captain Morgan Rum 1L Shingle Peak Range Excludes Pinot Noir Smirnoff Red 5% 12 pack Cans By REBECCA GARDINER ADIAGNOSIS of cancer two years ago spurred a man with an artistic bent to reignite his passion. Finding out he had liver can- cer was the catalyst for pensioner John Wright to pick up his sketch- book and get creative. “I’ve not done any art for 48 years, but as I have cancer of the liver, drawing gives me, and a lot of people, pleasure,” says Mr Wright. “Two years ago, I started play- ing around with coloured pencils and perfected my own style.” The Howick resident enjoys drawing portraits from photo- graphs of friends and people he meets at Auckland Hospital and around a local shopping mall. “I take a photo with my camera set on portrait, right close to the person. “Once I have the dimensions right, I just start doodling.” The 68-year-old has also tack- led what is arguably history’s most famous artwork – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. “The Mona Lisa took six hours,” he told the Times. “In the early days, I was just experimenting. I’m known as the ‘Botany Town Centre artist’, as well as ‘oncology artist’ at Auck- land Hospital.” Mr Wright had a tumour removed from his bowel 18 months ago and has since had to use a stoma bag. Art is therapeutic for the avid Ulysses Motorcycle Club mem- ber, who says drawing makes the chemotherapy sessions he needs for secondary liver cancer go faster. “When I’m having treatment, I draw to pass the time. “Now that I’m retired, I focus on my health and doodling down Botany Town Centre, oncology, or at home.” Over a varied working life, the expat Londoner’s jobs have included colour matching in paint and printing, massage therapy, and motorcycle riding instruction. He and wife of 48 years, Mau- reen, have also welcomed numer- ous home-stay students into their abode over the years. “John’s into everything, but since he’s been battling this can- cer, it’s been a hard 18 months,” says Mrs Wright. “When he’s on chemo treat- ment, he has his good days and bad days.” Mr Wright started sketching with a single set of coloured pen- cils, which has now expanded to about 300. He says one of the most reward- ing aspects of his craft is seeing subjects’ reactions after their por- traits are revealed. “I just look at the expression on the face. “It’s ‘oh my god, really?’ It gives me a lot of pleasure to see them see my drawing for the frst time.” His latest creation depicts three generations of his family side by side – John, his son Mark and teenage grandson Ken. “With my 40 years as a colour matcher, the art of blending these colour pencils together does come easily to me.” ONCOLOGY ARTIST: John Wright, of Howick, took up drawing with coloured pencils after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Times photo Wayne Martin Love of art rediscovered "I'm known as the 'Botany Town Centre artist', as well as 'oncology artist' at Auckland Hospital." -- John Wright Interactive exhibition for Easter A CONTEMPORARY spin on the traditional Stations of the Cross will be open for viewing at Easter. Cession Community Church is running its seventh annual Stations of the Cross interactive art and media gallery this Easter weekend. Gallery curator DaNae Reynolds describes the exhibition as “a contemporary spin on the traditional Stations of the Cross, which follows the journey of Jesus from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. “We’ve invited individual artists and groups to come up with their own interpretations of the various stations, particularly looking at the universal human themes raised by Jesus’ experience: sacrifce, betrayal, grief, loss and, ultimately, hope.” Amateur photographer Melwyn Le Comte’s exhibit captures the solitude of the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus began his journey towards the cross, also refecting on the harrowing experience of supporting her father through terminal cancer. “I think we are also able to just be ‘in agony’ during these diffcult times, as well as acknowledge that it’s okay to just be broken for a while.” This year’s interactive Gallery, The Express, invites visitors to participate with the exhibits in a fresh way, drawing them into the heart of Easter. Two sessions are offering the Stations’ experience with opportunities for children to get involved. The Artists Speak discussion will follow the Gallery on Easter Sunday at 5.45pm, as artists from the exhibit share their stories. Stations of the Cross ■ runs from 6-9pm (children’s stations 6-7pm) on Good Fri- day, and 4-6pm and 7-9pm (children’s sta- tions 4-5pm) on Easter Saturday, at The Depot, Depot Lane off Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. More in- formation is at www.cession.org.nz.
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