Three local women have returned to the Bay of Plenty after teaching English in the South-West of France, doing volunteer work at Dehli’s Mother Theresa Centre and working in Rebecca Hossack’s prestigious Art Gallery in Soho, London.
Emily Mowbray-Marks, Sarah Williams and Emma Prill have been friends for 20 years and remember with fondness, posing together in-front of Emma Prill’s radiant floral landscape painting for 7th form ball photos. Now, as spring approaches, these three creative and busy women are leading a Creative Day for Women, out of Emma’s art studio in Omokoroa on Saturday the 13th of August.
The day begins with Sarah leading a Yoga class punctuated with home-baking and grandma’s teacups. Sandwiched between cookies and caffeine, and a long slow lunch with tablecloths, is Emily’s creative writing workshop. To complete this creative day of feasting, Emma will lead the visual art component of the workshop, where colour will delight, before a hot swim is on offer at the nearby Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park.
The creative day for women was decided as Em and Em soaked in the aforementioned tubs, nattering about Emily’s launch of wild & grace – an organization which delivers unforgettable workshops and events. The workshop day was originally conceived as an opportunity for busy Mum’s to stop and have some ‘me time’, and to share an inspiring and rejuvenating day with other like-minded women. Since then, women of all ages and stages have enrolled in the day.
“It’s my idea of heaven”, said one 20 year old enrollee, and Bel Mondo employee.
Mowbray-Marks says, “I hear many women talk about wanting to paint or write more, and often the hungry commitments of work and parenting (or family) prevent people from meeting their creative needs. Choosing to spend the money, alongside finding the time to commit to a class once a week, can also be a challenge. wild & grace’s Creative Day for Women is a time-and-money-accessible opportunity for that person who’s been saying: I’d love to paint, I’d love to do a writing course, I’d love to try Yoga.”
These three friends and teachers were all taught art by Grant Thompson at Tauranga Girls’ College, who’s now based at Tauranga’s Art Gallery. Since those days in the 90s, Emma has continued to work as a visual artist and art teacher, Sarah of Kowhai Yoga, has become a full-time Yoga instructor delivering Yoga classes to children and adults throughout Tauranga and Emily has worked as both an actor and English and Drama teacher before creating wild & grace. There are still some places remaining for this Creative Day for Women on Saturday the 13th of August. For information contact Emily through wild & grace at www.facebook.com/wildandgrace or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three love living back in the Bay and are excited about sharing their enthusiasm and skills with children and adults for many moons to come.