Dan Mills has literally painted Naenae. Naenae has an interesting history and Dan includes elements of this history and character in his work. Dans murals have graced the Naenae Boxing Academy, the subway tunnel, the Naenae Dentist, Naenae Primary School, Rata Street School, Naenae Basketball Court, the Olympic sized Swimming Pool and the Pacific Health Centre all in Naenae.
His work was further seen at the live art installation at the Petone Winter Carnival. Here he is explaining the depiction illustrated in his 48 metre wall mural The Legend of Te Whanganui a Tara on the Petone foreshore.
Following on from this, different type of painting but contributing is that the Naenae shopping centre is preparing for the second Big Splash Naenae Paintathon on Saturday 7 November when locals will pick up their brushes to add more shine to the Cambridge Terrace side of the Naenae shopping centre.
Local personality Billy Graham says last year’s Big Splash was an incredible success and the atmosphere was fantastic. “Everyone was buzzing for days afterwards and the shopping centre looks great.”
Hutt City Council’s retail coordinator Joanna van Walraven has coordinated this year’s effort and is encouraged by the amount of support shown already.
“Everyone is really keen to pitch in and see the shopping centre come alive for everyone to enjoy.”
Painting will begin at 8am and volunteers are asked to wear old clothes and bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.
Resene local paint manufacturer has generously supplied paint and Brian Ross will supply painting equipment. Food and drink aplenty will keep volunteers humming.
“We’re asking anyone who’s keen to register by Wednesday 4 November so we can make sure we’ve got enough gear for everyone.”
If you want to be involved on the day and for further information contact
Joanna van Walraven on 577 8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org