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Sharon Painter-Arps

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Jade Carving in NZ

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.
Although it is small it is precious like jade

Sharon Painter-Arps has been a practicing artist since graduating with Honours from Otago Polytechnic in 1987. Although she majored in painting, she was equally drawn to sculpture and produced a number of Limestone carvings at art school. Sharon believes the carver’s purpose is to bring out life in the stone. Carving is a vehicle for social, cultural and personal commentary. Sharon’s earlier carvings focused on cross-cultural issues and cultural identity.

Sharon lives in Porirua and works part-time as a Host and Tour Guide at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Sharon’s recent ‘Unwearable Art’‘ uses contemporary carving to comment upon the pain and discomfort women put themselves through in the name of beauty. Stone is used to amplify the hard and unwearable nature of high heels, corsets, false fingernails and eyelashes. Stone renders the object unwearable and enhances the expression of tensions between social and sexual conformity. Unwearable Art is currently on exhibition at Toi Box Gallery at Pataka Museum in Porirua.

Sharon travelled to Suzhou, China in September 2015 to participate in the National Zi Gang Bei jade carving exhibition and competition. She was awarded a silver medal, placing her ‘Masquerade Mask’, a wearable masquerade mask carved from Canadian Jade, in the top 15%. There were over 700 entries from the best jade artists from the Western world and China. Last year Sharon returned to Suzhou and secured a Gold Award for a black rose sculpture titled ‘The Temporary Nature of Life’. She also gave a presentation on New Zealand jade to the carvers and will be returning for the 10th Zi Gang Bei exhibitions and awards in November this year.

Optional buffet dinner

An optional Chinese buffet meal, supplied by KC Café, will follow the meeting at 7pm. Please choose 'RSVP - Dinner $13' when booking your ticket. Please book by midday on the day of the event to reserve your spot.

Payment for the meal can be made in advance to our ANZ bank account 11-7200-0080836-11 (please use your name as the reference) or cash at the door.

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