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Tamara and Jason interviewed
the pair, explained their ideas. They wanted to embrace the Sunny Otaki idiom,
but wanted to let the boys express themselves with their own designs. The
first sketches were "too pretty" and they sent them away with instructions
to produce "edgier, more aggressive street art". Cafe Ra purchased
the paint, and gave them free rein.
So what are the reactions? Tamara and Jason are thrilled. They expected to get some flak, but the reactions so far have all been extremely positive. "Just what Otaki needed" said one customer, "Matches Otaki perfectly" said another. "Good on Cafe Ra" has been heard several times. A Hutt Valley school wants to book the artists for a workshop. The word is out...
The community cafe concept is alive and well. Local artists are encouraged to exhibit their work at Cafe Ra, which is all for sale, with no commission charged. "We should give struggling artists a chance" says Tamara.
Great idea Cafe Ra, well done Zac and Nathan
Tamara and Jason Post
purchased Oasis cafe a year ago. Their aim was to develop it as a community
cafe. Rebranding it as Cafe Ra was the first step. Not long afterwards, they
were shocked to find a group of out-of-town kids had tagged Otaki's Main street.
"How pathetic was that?" she said. "Graffiti is an amazing
art form, if you give it a chance", she enthused.
Tamara and Jason were talking over the possibilities of encouraging local 'artists' to display their talents on the neighboring wall in Matene street. The adjacent table couldn't help overhearing, and recommended two teenagers from their youth group.
That's where Otaki's Zac Olsthoorn and Nathan Kaiewe came in. Otaki College graduates, they have left their signatures on artworks at the skatepark, the Domain, Otaki College and down Otaki Gorge. Zac had just completed a one year diploma at Wellington's Yoobee School of Design. "No-one can teach you graffiti art", he said, "it's a style that you have to evolve yourself."