Family creates magic

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Members of the Penisula family (from left) Caleb Spain (19), Johnny Penisula, Kerry Penisula-Spain and Lyle Penisula with some of their artwork being displayed in the upcoming Aiga Exhibition at Chiaroni Gallery in Don St. (Absent: Jordan Penisula)

AN upcoming exhibition at the Chiaroni Gallery in Invercargill is a family affair.

Entitled Aiga Exhibition, Aiga meaning family in Samoan, the collection features the works of five members of the Penisula family spanning three generations.

There is 77-year-old Johnny, the senior member of the family, two of his children Kerry and Lyle and two of his grandchildren, Caleb (19) and Jordan (15).

The family members have created a variety of artworks, incorporating sculpture, paintings, carvings and photography for the exhibition.

It is the first time Caleb and his mother Kerry have exhibited their work. Caleb is exhibiting several acrylic paintings of hip-hop artists created on perspex.

“It is exciting,” Caleb said.

“I can’t wait for the opening night to see these pieces on show.”

Kerry, who is a make up artist, has created works featuring body art captured in photographs.

“For me it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up because it was with my family and my dad. It is an honour to do this with dad.”

She had enjoyed the creative process, she said.

“I loved it. It was something I have always wanted to do but put it off.

“I would love to do more.”

Johnny said it meant a lot to him to have his family exhibit their work alongside his.

“It’s a dream come true for me. I’m very pleased this has happened while I am still here to see it.”

It was important to him to encourage the younger members of his family to showcase their artistic talents.

“Being an artist is a gift to them. It is who and what they are and [it was important] to encourage them to do that.”

Aiga Exhibition, Chiaroni Gallery, 28 Don St, Invercargill, from Saturday, January 26, to Saturday, February 23. Public floor talk and body art demonstration on Saturday at 1pm.

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