|Politicians ready to don smocks for charitable cause|
|Bay of Plenty Times,
Tauranga Bay of Plenty
by Kiri Gillespie||01 Apr 2017|
|General News - page 3 - 399 words - ID 750347276 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 703.00cm2|
Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh . . . Muller? Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller joins Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and mayor Greg Brownless in swapping their suits for smocks while embracing their inner artists in the city's CBD today.
The three politicians will showcase their creative talents while on public display as part of a fundraising stunt that will see them each paint a portrait of artist Frida Kahlo and making a wheelthrown pot in Red Square.
The artworks will eventually be auctioned off by the Tauranga Sunrise Rotary Club as part of the Treasured Art Auction, which raises money for Graeme Dingle Foundation's Kiwi Can programme.
Mr Muller said although he was looking forward to donning a smock and handling a paintbrush again, he doubted his ability to pull off a masterpiece.
"To be honest, I suspect Greg has been practising for months. I think we will be overshadowed by his talents." Mr Muller said his personal ties to the Sunrise Rotary club made his decision easy.
"My late grandmother was a Rotarian and spent 40 years working with Rotary clubs, so I know the Sunrise Rotary group and it's a good cause, so why not? How bad can it be?" The Incubator is providing the material and guidance needed to help the politicians create their pieces.
Director Simone Anderson said the challenge not only helped the Rotary club and Graeme Dingle Foundation but helped showcase the Creative Boot camps it held for workplaces, private parties, and schools to explore art mediums such as painting and pottery.
"We just thought this was a really great way to get them involved and . . . demonstrate our Creative Boot camp.
We would also like to support the Graeme Dingle Foundation. It's a nice collaboration of three different chari ties working together." Mr Muller, Mr Bridges and Mr Brownless will be given an hour to complete their pieces before they are collected by the rotary club for auction, and bragging rights are scored.
The Treasured Art Challenge Who: Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless What: Treasured Art Challenge Where: Red Square, Tauranga CBD When: 12.30pm
FOR ART'S SAKE: Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is looking forward to embracing his inner artist alongside Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and mayor Greg Brownless to help raise money for young children. PHOTO/ANDREW WARNER
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