ARTbop Rotorua Correspondent Miriam Ruberl, a mixed media artist with an extensive arts and arts tutoring practice (see contributor’s statement below), is also a “domestic Goddess” Her recent facebook posts disclose glowing jars of homemade marmalade.
A traditional skill which eluded me as a child was the art of crochet. My late mother was a regular creative and crocheter and I still have the multi-coloured little blankets and rugs made for her grandchildren. But, I don’t think I ever saw her venture into anything like the contemporary yarnbombing which appears around the community these days. And I never saw anything like these divine handmade tulips created by Miriam and her colleagues of the Rotorua U3A. Miriam has submitted some images from the showing of the tulips which were presented in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria during the 2016 Rotorua Tulip Festival. Enjoy! And, if you would like further information about U3A in Rotorua or the Rotorua U3A Knitting and Crochet group, contact Miriam Ruberl.
U3A KNITTING AND CROCHET ENTHUSIASTS’ TULIP DISPLAY
THESE 75 TULIPS HAVE BEEN MADE BY A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC KNITTING-NEEDLERS AND CROCHET-HOOKERS, SOME FOR THEIR VERY FIRST PROJECT, AS OUR WAY OF CONTRIBUTING TO THE ROTORUA TULIP FEST 2016 ATMOSPHERE. AND WHAT BETTER PLACE THAN RIGHT HERE IN THE COUNCIL FOYER !! THANKS TO COUNCILLORS KAREN HUNT, JANET WEEPA AND MEREPEKA RAUKAWA-TAIT FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN SECURING THIS VENUE.
U3A IS A WORLD-WIDE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO THE VOLUNTARY ONGOING LEARNING AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE OVER 50. STARTING IN ROTORUA IN 2007 IT CURRENTLY ENJOYS SOME 320 MEMBERS BELONGING TO WIDELY DIVERSE GROUPS OF INTEREST.
LEAFLETS ABOUT U3A CAN BE FOUND HERE IN THE FOYER, AND INFORMATION ABOUNDS AT THE WEBSITE http://U3ARotorua.com
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TULIPS, LEARNING TO CROCHET OR KNIT, AND THE KNITTING AND CROCHET ENTHUSIASTS GROUP, CONTACT COORDINATOR MIRIAM RUBERL ON 027 2487542 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Over recent years the Rotorua Lakes Council has made a concerted effort to increase the amount, quality and style of plantings within the immediate downtown area. Already blessed with the vista of the lake and the open green space of the historic Government Gardens the town has added native plants, wood and stone along and on street corners. The Tulip Festival does more than that, it drapes massed springtime colour in and around the public spaces and roadway mid-sections. The Festival is a direct threat to winter and a total shout out to the changing of the seasons loved by locals and volumes of visitors who travel to Rotorua. There is something always going on in Rotorua, in so many ways the centre of the North Island. Check out below for what’s on at the Rotorua Museum. And within the next days we’ll be publishing another image rich article contributed by Miriam: Ageing with Attitude: Jason Hamon
Information and images provided by Miriam Ruberl, ARTbop’s Rotorua Correspondent with additional text by Rosemary Balu.
Miriam Ruberl is a mixed media, experimental artist currently living in Rotorua. She likes working with every day materials such as locally harvested red ochre, calico, waxes of various sorts, combining them in ways that surprise and remind people of days gone by. Her focus is on making increasingly authentic, personally generated nature-inspired art, to the neglect of illustrative, representational and derivative or “second-hand” art.
Miriam has exhibited extensively throughout the North Island, leads workshops from time to time, and is active in a variety of local activities. The red ochre series Kokowai / Takau : was exhibited in the Lakes Council Chamber Galleria. This space, while public, is neither your usual type of gallery nor a temporary space, and lends itself to her philosophy that modern-day artists can back and support their own efforts without relying purely on commercial or vanity galleries to get seen.
“There are a number of immensely talented, independent, full-time artists in various mediums in the area, which provides me with a rich social and artistic life, as well as the inspirational environment of forests, lakes, and geothermal activity”, says Miriam.
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What’s On @ Rotorua Museum
ROTORUA UkeBox 20th November 2016 at 3pm Rotorua’s own Thermeles give a short uke performance and then there’s a community uke and sing a long. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is asked to cover UkeBox admin costs.
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INNER WORLDS: THE ART & LIFE OF WALTER BAKKENES
to 27th November 2016 Dutch migrant Bakkenes was part of the post war European migration to New Zealand and a thriving New Zealand arts community.
to 20th November 2016 57 digitally remastered images of the work of Dutch Master Rembrandt Van Rijn
COOL & COLLECTED
to 20th November 2016 Recent acquisitions to Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Collection
Rotorua Museum is open daily, 9am to 6pm (Dec – March) or 9am to 5pm (April – Nov), except Christmas Day. Admission is free for Rotorua residents with proof of residency. Adults $20, Seniors (65yrs+) $18, Children (5-15yrs) $8.
Bay of Plenty GARDEN & ART Festival, 17th – 20th November 2016 the tenth Biennial Garden & Art Festival showcasing Katikati, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Te Puke. A new festival format – a four-day festival. Garden trails open from Thursday through to Sunday with one or four-day ticket options. The Festival Hub at the Lakes with displays, exhibitions, creative concept spaces and so much more check out www.gardenandartfestival.co.nz
ART ON THE STRAND
Downtown Tauranga’s outdoor art market November 13th and 27th
Interested in participating you can get information from firstname.lastname@example.org
and take a look at facebook Left Bank Tauranga
TAURANGA ART GALLERY has a FAMILY FUN DAY on SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER, No Booking required. Costs $5. per family + a gold coin donation for face painting. Bring you family to enjoy Creation Stations, story telling an art hunt, and face painting on this flora-themed fun filled day.