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The Art of Rowing Exhibition


An exhibition of rowing-themed fine art, photography, and furniture will take place this Saturday, 7 May, from 4 pm in the main building of the historic Matangi Factory site as part of the build-up to this year's Rio Olympics.

The Art of Rowing Exhibition is a unique initiative that aims to bring people who are passionate about fine art and people who are passionate about rowing together to help raise awareness of the correlation between creativity and athletic endeavour and to express the rowing's aesthetic beauty.

High performance Olympic athletes portraying this beauty themselves provides insights and integrity that are otherwise impossible.

Involving these athletes in various thinking-outside-the-box approaches to their sport as part of the build-up to the Olympics helps to engage them with the community by encouraging people to see the person behind the row suit.

We also hope that an exhibition like this can both raise awareness and possibly raise money for these athletes. All of the income these paintings might generate will be theirs.

Some of the exhibiting rower-artists are:

Eve MacFarlane, who is a member of our Olympic Women's Double Scull team.

Jackie Kiddle, who is a NZ women's lightweight rower at both the Elite and U23 levels.

Morgan Dunham, who is a competitive rower and the rowing coach at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, as well as a professional artist specialising in custom oil paintings on canvas.

Erin-Monique O'Brian, who is a member of the women's quad crew that won bronze medals at the second and third World Cup regattas in 2014.

The event's main sponsor is Laszlo Boats NZ of Cambridge, which embodies the renaissance of New Zealand rowing-boat building. In the heart of a country that nurtures the finest athletes in the world of rowing, the company is intent on reinventing the future of boat-building in more than just in the technical sense.

The Laszlo Boats team understands the complexity of rowing and involve themselves with every aspect of the sport, including social functions and fundraisings.


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