Reimagine...your retirement at Gulf Rise
From artist to teacher
Weekly art classes at Gulf Rise are unlocking hidden talents for a group of creative residents.
Each Wednesday, a handful of aspiring artists congregate in the Pavilion at Gulf Rise using pencils, paint and paper to bring their visions to life. The brainchild of village resident and accomplished painter June Lamont, the new classes have taken on a creative direction of their own.
“My original idea was to get a few people who already painted together, so we could practice in company – but no one who turned up had painted before, so I’ve somehow become an art teacher,” laughs June.
Fortunately, she loves it!
“It’s been great. Getting involved is the best way to meet people and I’m constantly amazed at how many residents have such interesting backgrounds.”
June teaches students about observation, light and shade, and colour and inspires them with ideas of what to paint, and how to paint it.
“I try to make it fun and not too serious. They love it, and really look forward to the classes. Finishing an artwork creates such a sense of achievement and painting also exercises the brain because you have to look at things in a different way to interpret them on paper.”
June has dabbled in art since childhood but didn’t develop a serious practice until in her forties. Since then she has successfully exhibited and sold her work and been a valued member of local painting groups and art centres.
Gulf Rise scoops 2020 Auckland Architecture Award
We were delighted to see our beautiful village recognised with an award for Planning and Urban design at the 2020 Auckland Architecture Awards, a peer-reviewed awards programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).
Gulf Rise was credited by judges for having “challenged the stereotypical approach to the planning of retirement villages. This deliberate and considered design allows for public and private space, generous walking tracks and, most gratifyingly, gardens producing edible crops.” A brilliant recognition.
We’re proud of the work done by our development team and by Warren and Mahoney Architects. The best part, though, is seeing the plans come to life and watching our wonderful village staff and residents add life to the designs and turn the vision into reality.
Gulf Rise residents’ hi-jinx in hibernation
Being in hibernation didn’t stop Gulf Rise residents getting up to hi-jinx. Village Manager Jarrod set out with his camera and a mission to ensure village residents stayed connected, by capturing ‘lockdown portraits’ – a cheery hello from residents taken from a safe social distance – to share with their neighbours.
Jarrod was ‘blown away with how well everyone got into the spirit of things, with some residents donning fancy dress to raise a smile from their friends. It was the best day of our lockdown!’ he said.
Now life is returning to normal in the village, residents and the village team have spent some time deciding on groups or activities to start up in the developing village. The first clubs for drawing and painting, books, gardening plus a sewing, crochet and knitting group are now up and running.
‘It was great that we could keep the village spirit alive from our patios’ says Jarrod, ’but now we’re looking forward to socialising in person again and sharing our hobbies and interests at the new clubs.’
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