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Remembering Penny Evans

April 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - May 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

A retrospective exhibition of etchings, pottery, embroidery and other aspects of her life in the Devonport community.

Penny Evans died just after Christmas two years ago. She was a potter for many years and then a print maker. She lived in Devonport since 1977 and contributed much to our community.

Penny, helped by her son Matt, was the first to prepare the Depot for artistic use: for a jazz band appearing in an early Devonport Arts Festival. (Preparation involved clearing the rubbish and water blasting the walls and floor!)

She was a life member of the Auckland Studio Potters, organiser – with Moyra Elliott – of the Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award at Auckland Museum and a founding member of the Pots of Ponsonby co-op.

She was the leader of the Holy Trinity Church op shop for over twenty years. She moved it from opposite the church down to where Hammer Hardware is now, then next to New World and finally to its present location in the Arcade. Net profit from the time when she took over leadership has increased markedly and is used to support operation of the church and for substantial donations to charities. The shop was intended to be and has succeeded in being a face of the Holy Trinity church in the Devonport community.

Other community service included delivering Meals on Wheels in Devonport for thirty four years, organising Bible in Schools in Devonport and teaching it for many years at Devonport Primary.
Penny was a member of the Vestry of Holy Trinity Parish for several years and People’s Warden.

The exhibition will feature Penny’s etchings, pots and embroidery and will also reference other aspects of her life and contributions to the Devonport Community. It will be set up to facilitate friends of Penny sitting and talking about her and perhaps adding contributions to a “memory tree”.

Remembering Penny Evans
30th April – 18th May in the Small Dog Gallery.
Exhibition opening Saturday 30th April 12 noon – 1:30pm.


April 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
May 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Auckland, AUK 0624 New Zealand
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