Upcoming Exhibitions

OPENING LATER IN AUGUST

FAST FIRE: MARTIN WARD

27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August

Martin Ward’s love of ceramics began with him collecting studio pottery many years ago, but he bought his first wheel and kiln and started potting himself just a year ago. Inspired by a passion for Japanese ceramic shapes and forms, he uses objects and forms from the environment, altering and reshaping them from his mind’s eye while blending oriental and Western influences.

THREE BY THREE

BOTANICAL WEAVINGS BY MARY DONALD

27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August

Mary Donald’s works manipulate plant material, weaving stories and research findings into the seeds, needles and stems. In the first of three series she will show, she invites consideration of the importation of the Chilean wine palm in the mid-1860s. The second series uses the wire rush or oioi, and the third celebrates the humble pine. Her weaving and lashing techniques reflect past and present, the environment and humanity. An informative folder will be on hand to provide supporting information and background research for keen botanists.

UNIDENTIFIED HANGING OBJECTS

AND THE LAST DECADE: JOHN NICOL

27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August

One of the series long-established artist and ex-Elam lecturer John Nichol presents in his first solo show in a number of years, is ‘The Ghost Tree’ paintings. He describes them as one of the times he has been able to directly express his concerns over an aspect of our planet’s crisis. Growing up in Dargaville, gateway to the Waipoua Forest, the plight of kauri deeply troubles him. “These bleached ghosts emerging from the bush seem poignant reminders of our fragile ecosystems and the increasing risk we all face in a rapidly warming world.”

THERAPY - DIANE BRAND

27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August

Diane Brand is an architect and academic who engages in art practice as a distraction from her day job. Her affordable jewellery is made exclusively from readily available, ordinary products which she sources from hardware outlets, haberdashery stores and two dollar shops to create cheerful necklaces, bangles, rings and earrings.

SKINNY WOOD - RICK ALLENDER

27 August to 12 September
Opening event 4pm Sunday 26 August

Successful cinematographer turned artist, Rick Allender’s experience with interpretation, composition, texture and lighting informs his approach to marquetry. Driven by strong imagery, this body of work explores the expressive potential of wood veneering, by introducing and experimenting with new materials such as paint, resin paper and varnish.

 

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