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Let’s Go Local: SMART Savusavu Art Show Tomorrow At Daku Resort

An exhibition of work by a group of Savusavu artists and artisans will be available at the SMART Savusavu Art Show. The SMART group is an informal collection of artists
15 Oct 2020 09:15
Let’s Go Local: SMART Savusavu Art Show Tomorrow At Daku Resort
Koleta Tukana’s art piece.

An exhibition of work by a group of Savusavu artists and artisans will be available at the SMART Savusavu Art Show.

The SMART group is an informal collection of artists in Savusavu who have come together to put on a show of their recent work.

The show is tomorrow, 5pm -7.30pm at Daku Resort.

Everything will be available for purchase.

The art work are acrylic paintings, sculpted concrete, mosaics, fabrics, clothing, woven pandanus objest, masi cloth crafted items, tapa table runners, chocolate art, fabulous decorated natural objects etc.

It would be also be a show where tourism operators could buy art pieces at prices for their properties.

Lynne McLaren’s art piece

Lynne McLaren’s art piece

About the artists
The artists are Iretta Micskey, Lynne McLaren, Katrina Brown, Shane Bower, Angie Rakai-Niumataiwalu, Koleta Tukana, Torika Waqalevu, Mayvian Smith, Senimili Koroi, and KokoMana Chocolate Art. Iretta Micskey, an artist of extraordinary range, and Lynne McLaren, whose unique sculpted concrete pieces range from the practical (pots and bowls) – to the whimsical (octopuses and seahorses) have been the inspiration behind the group, generating the idea of an exhibition and gathering their contacts to make it happen.

Iretta Micskey
Originally from the US, Iretta has lived in Savusavu for over 20 years. A long time artist painting many subjects in many media, specialising in none and loving them all.

Lynne McLaren
Lynne McLaren has always had an affinity for design and craft. Recently she has been developing her unique approach to using concrete in small objects.

Katrina Brown
Katrina Brown’s first foray into art was in the medium of mosaics. She and a friend were inspired by the vivid intricacy it offered, and determined to learn how to do it. To this day, some 25 years later, her mosaics can be seen in various resort swimming pools and foyers around Fiji (Fiji Gateway, Macombo, Dominion, Hot Springs), with the most spectacular of her creations on a two story wall at Montfort Technical College in Savusavu.

Shane Bower
Specialising in mild and stainless steel, aluminium, copper and bronze artisan Shane Bower creates custom made pieces ranging from architectural ironwork to metal sculpture. Shane has become one of Fiji’s most sought-after practicing artists. His visual language conveys an acute understanding of form.

Through his various large-scale studies of sea creatures, most notably the school of dolphins hung suspended in the atrium of the Prouds flagship store in Nadi Town, Shane captures movement and grace in perfectly representational and individually unique works

Angie Rakai-Niumataiwalu
Angie has worked in fabric art for the best part of twenty years, producing highly attractive designs and fabulous clothing.

She has lectured in New Zealand and Singapore, and is planning to offer a new course in Savusavu later this year.

Koleta Tukana
Koleta Tukana runs a small shop at the Copra Shed offering a selection of gifts and crafts, including her own charming designs of tapa wall hangings, bags and dolls.

Torika Waqalevu
Torika Waqalevu works with the women’s group at Yaroi village focusing on traditional materials like voivoi and masi.

Mayvian Smith
Originally from Samoa, Mayvian Smith moved to Fiji nine years ago, and now calls Savusavu home.
“During this global pandemic, I had been blessed with an opportunity to rediscover myself and together with my family started a small business, May’s Elei Prints.
“May’s Elei Prints is a combination of my two cultures, which signifies our peaceful friendly people, actions, and ideas. I offer a wide range of unique Island wears for everyone.”

Senimili Koroi.
Senimili Koroi also known as Mili has been working as a sales representative for the last 20 years but has recently started developing her own business.

“My passion has always been empowering women. Due to this pandemic I became self employed and I work mainly using pandanus (voivoi) and natural hibiscus (vau strings).
“I also source homemade baskets from women in grassroots level to empower them economically.”

KokoMana Chocolate Art
KokoMana Chocolate Art brings a whole new dimension to Savusavu’s locally made chocolate. In the photo series ‘Cocoa Chaos’, mystical swirls and mesmerising patterns are the result of random cocoa butter crystallisation in KokoMana’s 70 per cent chocolate.

By contrast, the sculpture ‘Leaves in temper’ is made from chocolate with ordered crystals in the magical ‘form 5’! KokoMana chocolate maker Anne Moorhead is the creative energy behind this contribution to the SMART exhibition.

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