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PAGE 10 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Wednesday March 8 2017 News To enter the City2Surf go to Pak’NSave, New World, The Athletes Foot, YMCA and online at www.city2surf.co.nz. Entries are $25. McCaw takes on City2Surf fun run • By Bridget Rutherford GEMMA MCCAW has taken on the Coast to Coast run, endurance races and played more than 200 internationals for the Black Sticks. And, of course, after her much publicised recent wedding, she and husband, rugby great Richie McCaw, kick-started their Central Otago honeymoon with a 20km run. But on March 19, she will be running for fun and charity in The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero Real Estate. The former Black Sticks star and about 25 Aviva staff will run and walk the 6km and 14km events to raise awareness and money for the charity. City2Surf has chosen Aviva as its benefiting charity for this year’s event. Aviva provides family violence support. Gemma said Aviva, formerly known as Christchurch Women’s Refuge, was deserving,and the City2Surf was a great way to help. “To have those conversations about where people can go for help is important for any community.” She would not be racing to win in the 14km event because, for her, it was more about enjoying it. Although, she said a minor knee injury sustained after taking part in the Coast to Coast run may “slow her down a little bit.” Gemma said it will be her first time running in the iconic event and she welcomed others to join her. “You won’t regret it. That sense of achievement afterwards and that community feel is the perfect opportunity and a great way to spend a Sunday.” Aviva marketing and funding manager Julie McCloy said the City2Surf was part of a 12-week wellness challenge staff were doing to promote physical wellbeing. “For us working in family and sexual violence, we want to help people achieve well-being.” City2Surf event manager Vanessa Fleming said they were expecting more than 12,000 people to take part this year. “It’s amazing for Aviva to have someone like Gemma. She’s just an ordinary Kiwi girl supporting the charity and raising awareness for Aviva, which helps families live free of violence.” She said the 43rd event was all about giving it a go, whether it be walking, jogging or running. •To donate to the cause, visit https:// givealittle.co.nz/event/ sorefeetforsaferfamilies ACTIVE: Gemma McCaw will take on The Star City2Surf run with Aviva staff, including Julie McCloy (left), Suzanne Ross, Tania Kitto and Katie Dixon, who took part in last week’s City2Surf training run at Hagley Park. NINa COOk - OpeNINg Nina Cook was born in Whakatane in 1967. She was educated in Wanganui and then at Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Design. In 2007 Nina established the studio from which she currently works. Nina’s latest exhibition named ‘Opening’ takes place at Little River Gallery from March 11th until April 5th. Ian Clothier writes about Nina Cook’s new works from the exhibition ‘Opening’. “…Sumptuously indulgent, some of the paintings have sensual cavities accompanied by extravagant displays of form and colour that come close to gorging the eyes. Words such as colour, spectrum and visual feast apply equally to the paintings as they do to the tail of peacocks. Such as the collection of thoughts about feathers, colour and visual luxury that assemble on reflection of Nina Cook’s Opening works.” Nina writes about her own work. “The narrative/impetus for this series of works is deeply personal. Broadly, it is about a cycle of profound hurt to intense release. Opening: to force an opening (to breach) through to Opening: to release and truly open up. The process is integral and is one of concentrated, open-minded patience, requiring me to stay alert to paint (viscosity, brush loading, etc) and compositional characteristics in much the same way as fully abstract works demand. These cannot be rushed, nor the movements/marks allowed to become repetitively mechanical. To do so would be to undermine the intention of the work. The works initially appear highly decorative and orderly – feathers mean birds. But on closer inspection, these are not any birds you’d recognise. Their physiology is different (wrong? altered?). The colours and intensity are emotive, the mark-making intense. These irregularities draw you in, encourage observation and contemplation. But ultimately you are released to once again to simply enjoy the decorative qualities of these jewels. That they are designed to be hung at any angle, allows the image to be changed/refreshed at will. This allows the viewer input into the relationship each work has with its surroundings. The round paintings are very effective in groupings, allowing differences between the works to intensify each other.” nina cook OPENING LITTLE RIVER GALLERY www.littlerivergallery.com 11 MARCH - 5 APRIL 2017 Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 | art@littlerivergallery.com

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