Alexander at his Painting Exhibition in Kerikeri - 6 February 2009
Yesterday was an interesting day. We had three reasons for a celebration.
First - yesterday was the 6th of February and Waitangi day in New Zealand. This day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and is a very important document for New Zealand. I think that despite criticisms from both extremes of the political spectrum the treaty and its recent off shoot the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal has meant that there is a political mechanism in place to deal with grievances. We may or may not agree with the outcomes but I think that it has meant that latter day New Zealand has not ended up with some of the protracted problems of say Northern Ireland or the Palestinian Israeli conflict.
Second - Waitangi day is the birthday of our second son Nikolai. He was born in 1981, so he is 28 this year. Years ago I used to kid him by telling him that the guns that were fired by the navy at Waitangi and that the bands that played etc were really to celebrate his birthday - it's the sort of silly jokes dads embarrass their offspring with - I can't remember what he thought of that idea at the time. Yesterday I said, " How does it feel to be 28? " - "Older," he replied. "I know the feeling", I replied and left it at that.
Third - Yesterday our second son Alexander held his third exhibition of paintings. This time in Kerikeri. He was invited to do so by the gallery owner who had seen his work in Whangarei. So we all bundled ourselves into the aging Honda Accord with the dent in the boot, the oil leak and the stone stuck in the brake pads somewhere which means that at every Stop sign people turn to look - searching for the hideous noise ( but I digress and why did I tell you all about my cars current short comings - buggered if I know).
- Anyway, moving on - The gallery owner is a painter himself and he has works that have been sold all over the world. That an established artist finds Alexanders work worthy of exhibiting is encouraging indeed.
I asked the gallery owner what he saw in Alexs' work and he said that he saw a very original talent and that he thought that if Alex was to keep "pushing and extending himself" combined with getting his work shown in the right galleries in Auckland then he might begin to sell more of his work and build up a reputation. I certainly hope that this is the case and that this happens - After all, we all want our kids to find their place in the world. To be involved with something worthwhile that uses their talents and to see them do well don't we.
Yes - yesterday was an interesting day.