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Living Art

Formerly at Pareora Street, Riccarton, Bryce Gallery has now relocated out to the idyllic serenity of the countryside and on Saturday 1 February, artists Min Kim and Jamie Stewart welcomed around 200 friends and associates to the reopening of Bryce Gallery at 84 Vincenza Drive, Ohoka.


Their vision for the gallery is to develop the four acres of land into a sculpture garden and the 422 square metre home into an artistic paradise for art lovers.

Already Min and Jamie have turned the concept of what we think of as a working gallery on its head, for there is no one standalone room in which to view the Bryce collection; instead, artworks grace each and every room, as well as the garden and surrounding parklands.

It is an astounding concept, but also a glorious one. “I’ve always felt that in connecting with nature, we are safe,” Min says.

“Listening to the wind in the trees here – it’s so magical.”

Min’s love of meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends has prompted the opening of an Air B&B in March; it’s a heavenly way for guests to experience that magic for themselves and revel in the beauty that’s truly all around them.

“Bryce Gallery’s relocation is very much about my giving back to the artistic society, because my clients have fed my soul,” Min says.

“I want to know who has bought my art and why – what it means to them.”

Find Bryce Gallery at 84 Vincenza Drive, Ohoka.


Art & Soul

When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.



Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.


Gauguin in Aotearoa

An exhibition showcasing the works of artists Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc is soon to open at McAtamney Gallery in Geraldine.



Titled Gauguin in Aotearoa, the exhibition features a series of paintings inspired by a time when French post-impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin had a ten day stopover in Auckland in 1895, en route to Tahiti.

Gauguin visited the Auckland Museum and, discovering the then newly-opened Māori Art wing, immersed himself in studying and making sketches of the artworks on display.

“Gauguin was a world-citizen; he was half-Peruvian and half-French,” Proc explains.

“He felt himself to be already cosmopolitan and, although he lived in France for some years, he didn’t feel at home there.

Gauguin was searching for a newness, for diversity… he dreamt to find an optimal inspirational place and Tahiti seemed an idyllic destination for his creativity.”

Proc says that, like Gauguin, she and Heimler are from Europe and have been searching for a place that is new and diverse yet also rooted in its history.

“Our inspiration is to ask ourselves what would Gauguin paint if he were here in New Zealand now?

Our work also asks can we choose another country and represent it; interpret this new land – our fascination with Māori culture and that underlying female presence?

Gauguin’s paintings of women are rather mysterious; our big point of difference is that certainly, we want to celebrate and show the beauty and importance of women, but integral to our work is to make them contemporary – of today’s world.”

Heimler and Proc have been painting collaboratively for 10 years.

They work in tandem, from large wall murals through to diptychs. Gauguin in Aotearoa poses many questions, such as why alongside the Polynesian women featured in the series, there are also blue-eyed blondes, sports cars and, somewhat surreally, Heimler, Proc and Gauguin chatting in a doorway!

“In sum, our art is a reflection of our quest to gain a deeper understanding of our single and united selves,” Proc says, “Our work is not didactic; rather, we raise questions. Our process is as much one of exploration as of discovery.”

Find McAtamney Gallery and Design Store at 40a Talbot Street, Geraldine. Phone 027 305 3000 or email


Head into the city

The summer break, for some people, means days and sometimes even weeks to fill. Arguably, there’s only so many times you can go to the beach or trudge the lengths of your local malls. We’ve put together a few of our favourite hotspots to check out this summer.



  1. Watch This Space:

    You may have noticed bursts of colouring popping up around the city, especially post-earthquake.With something as unfortunate as having vacant and empty spaces lying around the city, something positive came out of it.

    Christchurch is becoming known as the street art capital and it’s easy to see why.

    Watch This Space is a charitable trust that provides tours, showcasing all the street art, murals and graffiti around the evolving city.

    While the tour is roughly two hours – you don’t have to commit to the whole thing.

    One of the great things about this tour is that it’s free! But if you want to make a small donation to the trust, it will be warmly welcomed.

  2. An act of solidarity

    In a world where everyone is looking down at their phones, this public artwork may just make you want to look up.

    In the three years following the earthquakes, a single streetlamp from 21 cities around the world was gifted to Christchurch as an act of solidarity.The public can walk along Park Terrace on a trail of discovery.

  3. The Crate Escape

    If you’re wanting to challenge yourself this summer, head to CodeBreakers on Colombo Street in Sydenham or St Asaph in central city.Choose your own adventure with six themed rooms – each with their own storylines such as the Magic Portal, Art Heist or the lost hut of Antarctica.

Painting with watercolours: McAtamney Gallery

‘A Brush with Spring’ opens Wednesday 13 November, 7pm at McAtamney Gallery. The exhibition features rhododendrons and other flowers, exquisitely captured by internationally acclaimed watercolourist Richard Bolton. Opening night also affords the opportunity to meet the artist.




Painting and drawing started early on for Richard. A tin of paints and a sketch pad always went into the back of the car when his parents ventured abroad. Every stop had to be painted. His interest carried on through to art school.

Initially Richard worked as an illustrator for seven years, mainly drawing black and white illustrations with pencil and ink. It was only in the weekends that Richard was able to get out his paints and paintbrush and work with watercolours.

He credits artist John Singer Sargent and his book Watercolours as being instrumental in igniting what was to become a lifelong passion for painting in the medium – a medium that Richard admits is not the easiest to work with. “Painting with watercolours is like risking your arm; every painting can be a bit of a gamble. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Unlike oils or acrylics, you can’t really control watercolours… it’s a bit like trying to train cats!”



This somewhat humble self-appraisal of his work belies the enormous success of the artist, whose paintings have achieved sell-out exhibitions in Europe, and of the author, whose writing on painting has brought book commissions from British, American and Chinese publishers.

Richard says his paintings can’t be buttonholed as to subject or theme. “It’s whatever grabs me at the time. I like to find something unusual – something that gives a different angle.”

Many of Richard’s earlier paintings depict the gentle, bucolic scenery of where he lived at the time, near the Ouse River in Cambridgeshire, but with the relocation to South Canterbury’s Geraldine with his New Zealand-born wife in 2003, Richard’s watercolours began to reflect our wild and craggy Aotearoa.

“Painting with watercolours is an adrenalin rush. If you screw up, it can be frustrating. But it’s amazing to be able to do what you love.”

‘A Brush with Spring’ exhibition will be at McAtamney Gallery and Design Store, 40A Talbot Street, Geraldine (new location opposite Village Inn).

Phone 027 305 3000, visit or email




The art of framing: Artworks Picture Framing Gallery

With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, starting in the manufacturing of picture mouldings and warehouse management to B2B sales of picture framing supplies, John McCann of Artworks Picture Framing Gallery says that if he doesn’t know what the solutions are for your framing requirements, then it’s probably not worth knowing!




Located at 6 Main North Road, this retail gallery is perfectly situated for customer convenience with off-street parking behind the gallery.

Custom Picture Framing is their specialty, while their secondary emphasis is on the supply and sale of a large range of original artworks, giclée prints, lithographs, and posters and prints direct to the public.

There’s much to inspire for Christmas gifts, such as evocative and historically significant artworks of pre-earthquake Christchurch landmarks and scenes that will be cherished for years to come.

The rich selection of subject matter found in the gallery speaks to all ages, from childhood through to adulthood, and all stages of art appreciation – whether you’re newly hooked on art, gaining more knowledge on the subject, or an art lover of some discernment.

John’s expert team pride themselves on their ability to frame anything and everything that can be mounted and framed, and all work is done onsite. “We like to go that extra mile to satisfy customer needs, including those special jobs requiring urgent attention,” John says.

Call in for a consultation Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, (closed weekends). Phone 03 352 7594, email, visit or find them on Facebook.




Capturing Southern Beauty: McAtamney Gallery

The beauty of the South Island landscape has been captured by one of the country’s leading watercolourists, Bernadette Parsons, in a new exhibition at Geraldine’s McAtamney Gallery this month.



The gallery’s new premises on Geraldine’s main street (40a Talbot Street) is playing the prestigious host to the exhibition, entitled Haast, which features 12 paintings, mostly painted on location in the Haast Pass area, evoking the solitude and serenity found in the mountains, bush and coast.

The Waikato-based artist often makes her way to our southern spot, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the landscapes. She started painting more than 20 years ago, moved by watching a watercolourist work, and clearly demonstrates a deep connection with the landscapes she turns her talented hand to. “Watercolour allows me to interpret the landscape, to find what is unique,” she says.


“This is the main thing in any painting. I also love watercolour’s spontaneity: it can be strong and wilful, yet there’s a transparency and softness too.” While working as a practice nurse and raising four children, Bernadette immersed herself in art, every chance she could, seeing as many international tutors as she could.

“I love landscapes, in particular trees, as a couple we’ve got a business growing trees, but a lot of it comes down to how you ‘see’ a landscape,” Bernadette explains. “Artists all have their own unique way of seeing a landscape.”

Today, Bernadette has numerous awards under her artistic belt, including the Best Watercolour in Show at the Easter Show and the award for Most Successful Artist in Show. Her work also features in the books ‘New Zealand in Watercolour’ and ‘Impressions of New Zealand’ by Denis Robinson.


Gallery Director Carolyn McAtamney says Bernadette is one of the country’s leading watercolourists and the proof is in the finished product. “Her ability to capture the moments of stillness and peace we feel in the natural world is breathtaking. Bernadette has mastered the loose brushstroke in a way that is second to none and has a style that New Zealanders adore.”

Find the gallery at 40a Talbot Street, Geraldine, opposite the Village Inn. For more information, phone 027 305 3000 or visit



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.