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Amanda King

Taking life by horns: Amanda King

A Canterbury photographer with a unique niche loves telling the stories of the animals she meets.


Amanda King


Amanda King talks to her majestic models in a calming voice, while she takes their photograph for her company ‘By the Horns’. The result is striking framed and canvas portraits of intriguing farmyard animals with personality. Originally from Brisbane, she started life swimming professionally and loving dance, before training as a primary school teacher. Then, while on her OE, in the UK 14 years ago, she met her husband Fraser on a sailing trip in Croatia.

The naive city girl, now 40, fell in love with the Kiwi countryside when living on Fraser’s Windwhistle family farm. The couple then lived in Wairarapa, where Fraser was a rural banker. Amanda taught at an intermediate school there, and learnt photography in order to teach the subject.

“I just loved it and started a hobby business doing family photography.” After having her children Greta, now 5, and Dudley 3, they moved back to run the family farm two years ago. Photography became her career, and it was then that a photo of Lacey, a friend’s Highland cow, launched ‘By The Horns’. A curious expression on a large canvas, peeping out from a hairy mop, captured the public’s eye.

“It really took off on Facebook and was quite overwhelming. It’s now taken over my life – but in good way.” Amanda doesn’t need to travel far for photo opportunities – Kiwi farmers with exotic creatures were all nearby. A Bison in Mt Somers, she says wouldn’t be classed as beautiful, but its majesty is stunning. Water Buffalos live five minutes away, and Fergus and Morag, the Highland bulls, are just down the road. Whereas, Woopie the Angus cow “with the llama eyes” is a beloved family pet.


Amanda King


“The Black-nosed Valais from Sweden, are in Greta Valley and must be the cutest lambs in the world.”  Bully, the Angus bull, was a commissioned work, but was so popular he became a limited edition.

The animals appear very striking on plain backgrounds. “The colours, and even the oak frames really suit our earthly interiors,” she says. Amanda also gathers bouquets from her garden for her Botanical floral prints. She recently sold three large prints to a brewery in Texas – ironically, called By the Horns. “They’re getting lots of attention. Selling in the US and UK is a goal.”

Selling around 150 prints a month mainly in Australia and New Zealand, they are printed on museum-quality paper, and put on handmade stretched canvas or framed. Prices start from $75 to up to $900 for a larger limited-edition print. An average being $200 for an A1 size. They can be printed up to 1.5 metres “Working from home, I can be a full-time mum. I would love to have my own studio one day.”

Amanda is keen to expand her menagerie – donkeys, llamas and wild Brumby horses. “I’m open to anything,” she says, meanwhile an African safari is also in the dream plans.


By The Horns Fine Art at or Facebook.


Höglund Art Glass

Blown Away: Höglund Art Glass

The King of Sweden has one. The King of Tonga has several. The Clintons have a collection and so has Elton John. What? Pieces of glass from Höglund Art Glass, of course!


Höglund Art Glass

Höglund Art Glass has a reputation which extends beyond the shores of New Zealand.  Created by glass artists Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund and their family, their stunning glass is sought after worldwide by avid collectors and people who appreciate the beauty and skill evident in each blown piece.

Ola and Marie have been dedicated to the development of their distinguished art glass that has been held in galleries and private collections around the world for the past 35 years and the Höglund glassblowing dynasty is one of our national treasures. Well established in Nelson they have recently launched the Höglund Art Glass Gallery in Central Otago.

Marie says their two sons will continue making glass at the glassblowing studio in Nelson while Marie and Ola are very enthusiastic about building a glass studio beside the new Central Otago gallery as soon as possible. This glass gallery also displays paintings, artwork and jewellery which has drawn a steady following with locals and visitors to the region. Once purchased, the artwork can be shipped around the world.

The Höglund Art Glass Gallery is open to visitors seven days (at 1767 Luggate-Cromwell Road) and is clearly signposted on SH6 between Wanaka and Cromwell.


For further information phone
03 442 7210 or visit



Bryce Gallery

Masters of Art: Bryce Gallery

The feature exhibition at Bryce Gallery this month is Four Classical Masters a collection of spectacular works created by three incredible artists; Min Kim, Tatyana Kulida and Nyle Major.


Bryce Gallery


The trio, all trained in Europe, are proud to be able to share this collection of renaissance inspired work that captures the beauty of classical art.

Tatyana Kulida is a Russian-born graduate of the Florence Academy of art in Italy. Min Kim was born in South Korea and studied at the Jung Ang Fine Art University and Nyle Major is a freelance visual artist from Auckland and has been actively creating, studying and exhibiting for over 10 years.

All three artists are incredibly well skilled in the fine art of renaissance painting. Visit the Bryce Gallery to view this stunning collection or discuss with galley owner Min Kim about having your own ideas commissioned. “Feel free to wander the viewing rooms and discover art that has captured the beauty that surrounds us,” Min says. “Art is the flower from the pain of training and the artists want to share that beauty with the world.”


Workshops for artists are also available.
Call into the gallery today, located on the corner of Paeora Street and Riccarton Road or call 03 348 0064.



Art helps charities: TakeHeART

A love of art and a quest to help charitable organisations succeed in a difficult fundraising environment is the motivation behind the first ever TakeHeART fundraising exhibition.




Christchurch woman Jen Duncan is organising the exhibition to be held at the Great Hall at the Arts Centre from November 30 to December 2; with an official opening night on November 29. Jen says the concept behind TakeHeART was to help 10 organisations raise money through selling art on behalf of the artist. On selling their artwork, the artist will receive 65 percent of the total and the nominated charity will receive 25 percent.

“The artists win, the people win and the charities win, so it’s a great result all round,” Jen says. Charities involved are The Cancer Society, Conductive Education, Upside Downs, Riding for the Disabled, Christchurch School of Music, Cystic Fibrosis Canterbury, Ski NZ, The Champion Centre, Mental Health Foundation and the Arts Centre Trust. “After working with small charities and fundraising groups I can see first-hand how hard it can be so I thought why not combine for one big event, benefiting everyone.”

With previous fundraising and marketing experience, Jens says all of the charities and artists are supportive of the exhibition. Local artists include Svetlana Orinko, Ben Reid, Philip Beadle and others. “It’s a great way for everyone to come together (in a prime central location) and showcase the work that charities do and our talented artists.”


Visit for further information on the event or phone Jen on 021 023 07322.


Windsor Gallery

A gallery so grand: Windsor Gallery

For one hundred years plus, Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street, has transformed our art through its exquisite framing and has supported emerging and established artists through exhibitions in its contemporary gallery.


Windsor Gallery


Owners Tracey and Philip Wynands are proud to present exhibition Kiss Gustav by New York photographic artist Lisa Powers. Inspired by Gustav Klimt, Lisa’s style is described as “enigmatic with a slightly surreal narrative”.  Co-exhibiting with Lisa is artist Wilhelmus Ruifrok; his exhibition, Inline Form, deals with abstract realities. The exhibition finishes Saturday October 13, but some Powers and Ruifrok works will still be exhibited after this date.

Other artists regularly represented are: Andris Apse, Philip Beadle, John Burns, Keith Morant, Kees Bruin, sculptor Anneke Bester, and charcoal artist Mehrdad Tahan, to name a few. “We showcase contemporary artists of all genres,” Tracey says. “It’s a rich mix of over 100 magnificent works!”




Hohepa Canterbury

Art with heart: Hohepa Canterbury

With 92 percent of its artworks sold at last year’s Hohepa Art and Sculpture Exhibition, Hohepa Canterbury has every reason to be excited about this year’s exhibition.

Hohepa Canterbury


Opening Friday 28 – a ticketed event – with Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September open to the public – free admission – the exhibition features established, returning and new artists.
Prominent guest exhibitors are acclaimed NZ pop artist Dick Frizzell (of the 4 Square Man and Mickey to Tiki works), who is exhibiting five artworks, and Christchurch sculptor Llew Summers with five sculptures – two of which weigh around one tonne each.

Local artists Sandy Gottermeyer and Svetlana Orinko are just two of the returning exhibitors. Gottermeyer’s works evoke the atmospheric pre-impressionist landscapes of Turner, while Ukranian born Orinko’s paintings have been described as visual poetic language.
Amelia Davis, Marketing and Fundraising Manager of Hohepa Canterbury, says they’re thrilled that two thirds of the exhibits are from new artists.
Amelia cites printmaker and mixed media artist Ben Reid, self-taught artist Philip Beadle, and sculptors Don Service and Julie Ross as just some of those whose works will be showcased for the first time.

“The exhibition also supports five artists with intellectual disabilities. Peter Chou, for example, has quite a following,” Amelia says. “His works are unique in that they often give a very detailed, bird’s-eye view of landscapes and buildings.”


Proceeds from the exhibition go to Hohepa’s Wellness and Community Participation Programmes.
For more information and online ticketing, visit


Kat’s Art Studio

The artist within: Kat’s Art Studio

Whether you are four or ninety-four, it’s never too late to discover the artist within yourself – all it needs is the desire, a dedicated teacher and an art studio.


Kat’s Art Studio


Katrina McGettigan is an established artist and tutor who offers art tuition to both adults and children from two studios – Kat’s Art Studio, 232 Main South Road, Christchurch and Emmily Harmer Studio, 179 West Street, Ashburton.

For aspiring artists living beyond Canterbury or New Zealand, Katrina also offers online art tutorials.
Katrina’s adult classes provide step-by-step tutoring in the painting of New Zealand landscapes in acrylics, while her children’s afterschool classes (4 – 14 years) explores all art forms, from drawing through to pastels and watercolours.

“Our full day painting and school holiday painting work-shops are very popular,” Katrina says. “And our Taste and Create Evenings are never short of bookings!”


For more information on upcoming classes, visit


Byrce Gallery

A Tranquil Trio: Bryce Gallery

Bryce Gallery owner Min Kim says the paintings of the ‘Tranquil Trio’ exhibition (25 July – 31 August at Bryce Gallery) are examples of exceptional brushwork. “Warm, fine light just comes out of the canvases – it’s amazing work.”

Byrce Gallery

The exhibition features 28 works by South Island artists Allan Batt, Philip Beadle and Sheryl McCammon.

Allan Batt’s paintings are vivid, strong and suffused with such a light, they appear almost photographic. Tidal Margins, for instance, is a large canvas depicting river stones of every conceivable size, shape and colour; its realism has you wanting to reach out your fingertips to touch the smooth, water-glistened stones.

Christchurch artist Philip Beadle focuses on figurative images and our local cityscape. The interplay of light and shadow – such as the glow from a fireplace illuminating a naked woman as she dries her hair, or the beauteous light of a park caught in a curtain of mist – is exquisitely rendered.
Sheryl McCammon’s love of boats and harbour life is evident in her seascapes. Misty Morning is of a boathouse erected on stilts. The vapour of rising mist above the water and the mirrored reflection of a dinghy moored beneath the boat-house brings a deep sense of inner peace and serenity.
“The essential fundamentals of which we all need in our lives are warmth, light and tranquillity,” says Min; in viewing the works of the ‘Tranquil Trio’ exhibition, we are reminded of the profound truth behind her words.

For more information visit or email

Master Painters

Southern Success: Master Painters

The Master Painters New Zealand Association and its members have been painting the South Island red – both in the literal and metaphorical sense of the expression, with South Island businesses achieving notable success in the recently completed New Zealand Master Painter of the Year Awards in Queenstown.

Master Painters
While members from Christchurch, Nelson and Timaru dominated the Gold and Category wins in the annual competition, South Island companies also won all the top prizes as well.
Timaru based firm Grant Jenkins Contracting Limited took out a number of category and overall wins including Wallcoverings Applicator of the Year, Commercial Master Painter of the Year and the top award of New Zealand Master Painter of the Year. An astounding success, the business is only the second member to be awarded the top title twice.
The winning entry was an example of the highest quality for the competition, with a bar fit-out in the Timaru CBD. The judges noted that this project truly reflected outstanding skill, with a combination of creative decorative effects, high-quality painting work and outstanding wallcoverings applications. Other Timaru contractors that achieved success were Jeff Allan Paint & Paper and Rangers Specialised Coatings Ltd.Nelson firm Total Decorating Nelson took out the other major prize, earning the Residential Master Painter of the Year.

Master Painters

This team presented a number of high quality projects, with a quality new character home in Richmond securing the winning entry for the firm. Once again, this team presented a complete skill set that included high quality painting and wallcoverings application. Competition and standards in the Nelson/Marlborough region mean that clients of Colourbox Ltd, Dave Rees Painting, Procolour Painting, McKenzies also were recipients of award winning projects.
Christchurch firms, Ian Sheppard Ltd, Chamlang Ltd, Hawke Paint, Mitchell Decorating, Switched On Property Maintenance, Selwyn Decorating and GK Fyfe Ltd, all earned recognition for work carried out during the previous year.
Further south wasn’t neglected either, with Mulford Holdings, Southern Lakes Architectural Coatings, Hilo Decorating, Olphert Contracting and K I McDowall Ltd all achieving success.

Master Painters

The judges observed that the quality of work presented by these businesses was a reflection of true professional standards, great attention to details and strong client

relationships. They described it as an honour to view the projects presented throughout New Zealand and witness the passion these members have for their chosen trade.

A full list of winners is available to view at

Art Metro

Artistic Tutelage: Art Metro

Three years ago, Paul Hobbs was looking for an art class that would help improve his painting. He spied an advert for Art Metro and immediately emailed owner and Director Simon Walmisley; within a short time, Paul found himself enrolled in a class and perched before an easel.

Art Metro

Paul currently attends the Tuesday morning class. His preferred medium is oils. “I’m learning all sorts of techniques using oils – anything goes, really!”
Paul says his confidence in his painting has grown enormously since he began. “I’m tackling things like snow and clouds now. I’m learning about the tools, like using a palette knife, and I’ve learnt about layering.”
He likes to take a few minutes’ break from his easel to have a wander around and see what his classmates are up to. “I’ve been humbled by seeing the brilliance of some of the others – but that’s all good.”

Paul says he enjoys his classes because the atmosphere is easy going and sociable. “Simon’s also very flexible with times; if you can’t make a class for some reason or other, you can always catch up next time. The teaching is relaxed but really helpful. If you want a bit of guidance, your tutor’s soon by your side.”
When asked if he will stay on at Art Metro, Paul gives an emphatic, enthusiastic response. “Oh yes, definitely. I have learnt such a lot and hopefully I’ve improved!”
For more information visit, email or phone 03-354 4438.