Each month a member of our community is invited to browse our online collection and select six of their favourite artworks. Each ‘My Choice’ selection, together with personal responses to the works, will be available to view on the Sarjeant Gallery website for one month at a time. The August 2020 My Choice has been selected by Marion Gibbard, EA to the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Whanganui District Council (WDC) and is available to view until 31 August 2020. Marion writes “Born and bred in Wanganui, my working career has been diverse and interesting, ranging from being a knife-hand at Imlay Freezing Works, to an Executive Assistant. I’ve been fortunate to gain a great range of practical life skills, have wonderful family support, great work colleagues and gather many special friends along life’s journey. The bulk of my career has been spent with WDC in a variety of roles. Since 1995, I’ve worked predominantly across the cultural and community sector of council. It’s a privilege working with the Sarjeant Gallery team, I love their genuine passion for their roles, friendship and inclusiveness.
I have watched the Wanganui arts community grow in vibrancy and accessibility with keen interest, and always look forward to attending community art exhibitions – the openings are such fabulous social events. I then re-visit the exhibition, and take time to really view and read about the art and artists.
Some of my favourite leisure-time activities are: the beach; swimming and the great outdoors; gardening; travel; sports; V8 racing cars series; live shows – concerts, jazz club, comedy, opera, ballet; and spending precious time with family, friends, great food, celebrations, and a glass or two of vino. Cheers!”