Waiheke Marketplace : December 22nd 2010
6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS (09) 372 5316 027 501 9391 7 DAY DELIVERY Taste the difference... EARTHWORKS • House Sites • Driveways • Section Clearing • Demolition • Underhouse Excavation • Excavators • 1½ ton - 20 ton • Bulldozers • Trucks • Graders • Rollers We guarantee our work! No mess - less stress. Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Friends pull together for artist Sisters: Sandra Marie Adams' two daughters Sanchia, 8, and Sahara, 11, feature in an exhibition of her paintings at the Red Shed Gallery in Palm Beach. The exhibition has been mounted to support Sandra while she is in Auckland caring for Sahara who is undergoing leukaemia treatment. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Sunshine: Sandra's painting of her daughter Sahara, 11. In the Garden: The two sisters. Friends, family and com- munity groups have gathered resources and able hands to keep things ticking over for artist Sandra Marie Adams. Sandra is based at Ronald McDonald House with her 11-year-old daughter Sahara while she is undergoing treat- ment for leukaemia. But a major building, cleaning and painting project is continuing at her Surfdale home and artist friends have rallied together to ensure Sandra's artwork is still available for sale. Before Sahara's diagnosis, Sandra had organised for builder Bruce Sciascia to replace several damp-affected ceilings in her home. Rather than this work grinding to a halt, the Jassy Dean Trust -- which helps sick Waiheke children and their families -- has worked with the builder to ensure the project continues and Place- makers Waiheke has stepped up with Winstone Warboards to provide the Gib board. Friends have volunteered to spring clean the house after building and painting to ensure everything will be spick and span for the fami- ly's return. And fellow artists at the Red Shed Arts Collective in Palm Beach have hung a special exhibition of Sandra's work, which is on display during the peak season until January 3, with all proceeds going to the artist. Red Shed committee mem- ber Paul Rhind says: Sandra had just established a new gallery called Muse and was having an open studio every day. We wanted to ensure her work was still represented over the peak season so have given her a free exhibition with no commission charge.'' Sandra also used to be found at the Ostend Market selling her prints and cards. To ensure she still gets reg- ular income from this, artist Bea Lorimer is selling Sand- ra's work. Red Shed member Chris Curtis says: Sandra is a long-term member of the Red Shed who has developed her art practice hugely during the last few years. We all care about her very much and want to support her however we can while she is busy look- ing after Sahara.'' Her youngest daughter, eight-year-old Sanchia has remained on the island with her grandparents. Sandra's daughters are often the subject matter of her paintings and can be seen hugging each other in Sisters'', and lying next to each other in In the garden''. A recent portrait of Sahara is simply titled Sunshine''. I really have no words for how my friends have set about supporting us,'' Sandra says. I would like to express my gratitude. They are all amazing, wonderful people and it is all very hard to take in. But thanks so much -- please pass on my love to all.'' Sandra is updating Sahara's Facebook page daily so her friends can keep in touch with her progress. I am being very positive for Sahara and doing lots of prayer and visualisation to place her mind elsewhere, and lots of talk of things to look forward to,'' she says. Given all that is coming her way she is dealing with it remarkably well and is an extraordinary girl.'' Donations for Sahara can be made online to the Sahara Sunshine Fund, to bank account 12-3114-0057981-00, quoting Sahara as a refer- ence. Cheques can also be sent to the Jassy Dean Trust (Sahara Sunshine Fund), PO Box 804, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland.
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