Susannah Connolly, Creative Explorer

62 year-old ‘creative explorer’, Susannah Connolly, will be exhibiting October’s Christian Arts Festival. Susannah has been doodling all of her life but in May she began a process she refers to as ‘intentional doodling’, where she starts a picture and sees what emerges.
Many of her doodles include musical instruments, such as one done at the Paihia Folk Festival where she was drawing whilst listening to music, reflecting the movement of the music as she drew.
She loves native bush and including the sounds she hears in nature, the ‘music of the trees’.
Whilst doodling, she can try ‘crazy things’ and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work out.
Susannah, along with husband Andrew, run ‘Peacemakers’, an ‘intentional community’ with a busy 16 bed retreat centre on Fordyce Road in Parakai. She hopes to run artistic days on the property. For more info email
She began working in pencil as she didn’t want to get her paints out in the evenings, which she didn’t want to waste in front of the telly. Finding that the images weren’t sharp enough, she began working in pen and ink.
Several of her works will be exhibited as part of the Christian Arts Festival, part of ARTS in the VILLE over Labour Weekend and held at ‘The Lighthouse’ part of Magnify Church, 118 Commercial Road.
If you are a Christian artist interested in exhibiting, then please email Pauline Denton for a registration form and bring your work to ‘The Lighthouse’ on Monday, 17th October between 2 and 7pm.

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