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Exhibition & Book Launch: "Can I Borrow Your Spoon?"

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Orphans Kitchen

118 Ponsonby Road

Auckland 1011

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We’re excited to announce the exhibition and book launch for Can I Borrow Your Spoon? Writings and Paintings on Te Araroa Trail at Orphans Kitchen for one night only.

All 116 original watercolours contained in the book will be exhibited. These were painted one-per-day along the 3000 km Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff, many in locations only accessible by multi-day hike.

The entire Orphans space will become transformed into a gallery, with paintings on both floors. 150 copies of the the limited edition 270pp hardcover will be for sale, with a book signing and readings at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Roam freely with a cup of heartwarming soup inspired by the journey, and some other Orphans treats. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.


About the Art:

This is Titirangi native Rebecca Commissaris’ first solo exhibition. Rebecca studied under her father, the artist Gerard Commissaris, apprenticed with London-based artist Nick Bashall, and trained at the Rhode Island School of Design before returning to New Zealand in 2015 to begin this project.

Rebecca carried A3 sheets of paper in her pack, between layers of perspex, mailing finished works home every few weeks. Her artist's’ journey was covered in regional and national newspapers.


About the Book:

Written by both Rebecca and her partner, Aaron Patzer, the book is a conversation between an idealist and a pragmatist. Life on the trail is stripped bare of comfort and external distractions, revealing the essential differences in approach between two people. This is a portrait of human life as much as New Zealand’s landscape.

See samples from the book on Instagram: @caniborrowyourspoon

As Orphans Kitchen is a small space, numbers will be limited to keep viewing comfortable. Please RSVP to secure your spot.

We hope you’ll join us,
Aaron, Rebecca & Orphans Kitchen



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