What's On at Northart in September

UNIDENTIFIED HANGING OBJECTS AND THE LAST DECADE
JOHN NICOL
Daily 10am to 4pm
Until 12 September
Meet the Artist 2pm Sunday 9 September
 
John Nicol grew up in Dargaville and was just seven when he first encountered Tane Mahuta. “The sense of awe in its presence is still with me.” So it’s no surprise that the plight of these majestic trees deeply concerns him and is the subject of one of the series – the ‘Ghost Tree’ paintings – in his first solo exhibition in several years, and the long-established artist’s first ever showing at Northart.
 
While he has not exhibited extensively recently, John has been painting full-time since retiring from teaching at Elam in 2005 and the show includes a number of works completed over the past decade, a period during which he says he has been “crossing back and forth between working figuratively and exploring chance and the processes inherent in the material or medium I work with.” John and the other artists currently with solo shows at the gallery will all be at Northart for a ‘Meet the Artists’ event on Sunday 9 September at 2pm.

ON NOW
FAST FIRE: MARTIN WARD
Runs till 12 September
Meet the Artist 2pm Sunday 9 September
 
Martin Ward may only have been potting for about a year, but his love of ceramics started when he began collecting studio pottery some time back. Now he can’t stop. “I love the element of risk and reward. It pushes me to try different firing processes and times, to experiment with glazes and to push clay to whatever limits it can take.” That includes firing cone 6 (1222 degrees Celsius) in just one and a half hours, hence the title of his show. 

THREE BY THREE
BOTANICAL WEAVINGS BY MARY DONALD
On until 12 September
Meet the Artist 2pm Sunday 9 September
 
Mary Donald’s nine woven works provide an opportunity to rethink botanical concepts. She manipulates plant material, weaving stories and the results of research into the techniques she employs to reflect the past and the present, the environment and humanity.

THERAPY
DIANE BRAND
Daily to 12 September
Meet the Artist 2pm Sunday 9 September
 
Creating “cheerful jewellery” from everyday objects you can find in hardware outlets, haberdashery stores and two dollar shops is what architect and academic Diane Brand does as recreation from her day job. The colourful range she is exhibiting includes affordable necklaces, bangles, rings and earrings.

SKINNY WOOD
RICK ALLENDER
On now till 12 September
Meet the Artist 2pm Sunday 9 September
 
Rick Allender’s vast industry experience as a cinematographer dealing with interpretation, organisation, composition, texture and lighting informs his art practice. The imagery in his marquetry is often representational, created with wood veneering in combination with paint, resin, paper and varnish. Taking a new direction with his latest works, Rick has explored the introduction of new materials.

IN THE WINDOWS
ANIMALS
Until 3 October
 
A delightful, varied and whimsical exhibition of animals – photographed, painted and in clay – will catch the attention of passers-by in the gallery’s window spaces throughout September and into early October. Excellent after-dark lighting means these works can be viewed 24/7.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
CLAY PLAY
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September
11am to 1pm
Entry by gold coin donation
 
Northart’s Studio Space will be transformed into a pottery studio this weekend, as children take their lead from Martin Ward’s ceramics in ‘Fast Fire’, creating their own domestic objects with clay. Tutor Fiona Lee Graham will also demonstrate a few ceramic techniques. No bookings are required for these popular drop-in sessions, which are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian.

OPENING MID-SEPTEMBER
URBANSCAPES
17 September to 3 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 16 September
 
Painters Janine Wills, Frank van Schaik and Rosemary Theunissen turn ordinary urban landscapes like parks, streets, backyards and front sections into the extraordinary with their compositional detailing and the lively handling of oils and acrylics.

DOXOPHONY
SUZANNE VESTY
17 September to 3 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 16 September
 
Suzanne Vesty’s central interest is the feminine spirit. Painting intuitively with spontaneous gesture and mark making to reflect emotional and sensory intent, her works in ‘Doxophony’ give voice to “this relentless, matrix of energy that infuses and informs the human experience”.

A MOVEABLE FEAST
GINETTE WANG
17 September to 3 October
Opening event 4pm Sunday 16 September
 
In ‘A Moveable Feast’, Ginette Wang presents scenes from some of her favourite travel spots in the world – Venice, Istanbul and Nice amongst them. “Places full of rich history, magnificent architectures and beautiful light.” Influenced by the Impressionists, her works focus on capturing that light, the spontaneity and the atmosphere of the scene using watercolour.

SEPTEMBER MOVIE NIGHT
MAUDIE
6pm Sunday 16 September
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and Eftpos accepted
 
Our September movie is the biographical portrayal of arthritic Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, whose exuberant paintings belied her difficult earlier life and her remote coastal setting.

Open daily 10am to 4pm during exhibitions, except for public holidays.

All galleries closed from 4pm on 12 September to 4pm on 16 September, for installation of new shows.