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WW1 Centenary Art Exhibition

WW1 Centenary Art Exhibition

Captain Charles Upham by Ruth Bioletti

A WW1 Centenary Exhibition with a difference...we're kicking off the memorial homage to all the people effected by wars past, present and the future on the day Germany & the Austro- Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia 28th July 2014. A group of fringe outsider artists have taken it upon themselves to declare war on war!!! Four artists; Ruth Bioletti, Max Grey, MLE Brown & Katharine de Montalk are expressing their viewpoint through their art. Ruth has been a active artist in the Auckland Underground Art and Poetry scene, she specialises in portraiture. Her oil painting of Captain Charles Upham has been well received by military circles,"Your Captain Uphams' painting is the best we've seen." (The ReEnactors, 21st Panzer Division). She is also in negotiations with the Army Museum in Waiouru for it to be displayed there after the exhibition.

Max Grey is an Military Abstract who lives in Ngaruawahia. He's an artist that paints large apocalyptic scenes of war. His "Soldier where is your rifle?" is one of those canvases that come into view as you recede. MLE Brown grew up in Devonport, her family lost three generations of men though out this century and she is well acquainted with the realities of the effect of war on fathers, she has completed three canvas including "Wraiths of the Somme". Katharine de Montalk is an Auckland art teacher who has found inspiration with WW1 Russian freedom fighter "Maria Bochkareva" who was a leader of an all woman battalion of death. Then Kath shifts to modern times in Russia with the Pussy Riots activists of the present day.

There's going to be paintings, wartime food & drinks, visuals/audio & The 21st Panzers Battalion ReEnactors will be there in full military uniform. Theoradical Hobohemian poet Jeremy Beale, who served 8yrs in the British Royal Marines and fought in the Falklands War will be reciting two of his war poems about 9pm. One of them is called "War is an Angry Flower". Free Entry, One Night only. Lift access, look for sandwich board, posters and soldier on Krd next to St Kevin's Arcade, opposite George Courts apartments. Doors open 5pm. Free food & drinks will be served at the launch at 7pm.


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