Artistic talents on display

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Alexandra rest-home residents showed their artistic talents last week.

Fourteen residents from Castlewood and Ranui homes have taken part in a four-week-long art class to create paintings for display during the Alexandra Thyme Festival.

Artist Maxine Williams worked with the residents to create their paintings, which are now on display at the Alexandra Library.

The finished products feature paintings of flowers, a dog, birdlife and scenery. Ms Williams drew the outlines in pencil, to help guide the residents while painting.

four weeks to help them work towards this wonderful outcome. I’m really proud of them all for being so enthusiastic and trying their very best.

“It is a fantastic project,” she said.

The Alexandra District Club provided funding for the project.

Residents attended a launch of the exhibition on Thursday last week.

Among them was Merve Smitheram, of Castlewood Home, who painted a scenic landscape he called Autumn Trees

“We were really taken with it. It was a great idea,” he said.

His daughter, Gail Anderson, also attended the exhibition launch.

“I’m really happy with what Dad’s been doing. I’ve never seen my father draw – ever. He might do stick men for the grandchildren, but nothing like that. He’s always too busy, so seeing him do something like this is great.”

Thyme Festival committee member Bill Siddells instigated the concept, which was also supported by the rest-home’s diversional therapists.