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A hop, skip and jump away


Less than half an hour drive away from Christchurch is the lovely river town of Kaiapoi. The location has a real water theme around its most popular activities. We look at all of the reasons you should check out this little town that’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away.

 

 

I’M LIKE A BIRD: If you’re a thrill seeker that prefers to be strapped into a seat instead of by your feet; Alpine Jet Thrills is the perfect activity for you. Soar down the Waimakariri River with a smile and the wind on your face.

DIVE ON IN: The Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre is open year-round, making it a great family friendly activity. The learners’ pool even features a waterfall into the toddlers’ pool.

PERCH UP: At Port & Eagle Brewpub you can enjoy great food, brews and company on the banks of the Kaiapoi River. The variety in the drinks list, not to mention their own Eagle Brewery tap beers, are reason enough to check this place out.

ART ON THE QUAY: Kaiapoi’s premium artspace showcases a new exhibition every six weeks from mostly local Waimakariri artists. So, if you’re into art, photography, ceramics, photography or anything in between; then this ever changing art space is for you.


 

From Marlborough to Mauritius: Windsor Gallery


Outstanding artworks by Anneke Bester and Rhonye McIlroy are showcased in the 18 May – 13 June exhibition at Windsor Gallery.

 

 

A follower of the neo-renaissance movement, Anneke has been painting and sculpting since she was 16 years old.

She has sculpted commercial commissions for hotel projects in South Africa, Mauritius and Dubai (including sculpting eight bronze life-size falcons for the Dubai Mall), and has also sculpted for the Chronicles of Narnia movie. Her exhibition is titled Sister Water.

Rhonye McIlroy’s background was originally fashion based. Her love for fashion, especially the top hat, has become her trademark in most of her paintings since 2011, which detailed many aspects of early New Zealand colonial history.

Current work explores Rhonye’s ancestors John and Elizabeth Guard, pioneers of New Zealand’s shore-based whaling industry in the Marlborough Sounds.

Rhonye’s exhibition is titled Stone to Flesh.

Find Windsor Gallery at 386 St Asaph Street, phone 03 366 0724. Follow Windsor Gallery on Facebook and windsorgallerynz on Instagram.


 

Framed Treasures


“If you have something you want framed, no matter what it is, bring it to me and I will turn it into a stunning wall feature.”

 

John McCann of Artworks Gallery does mean he can frame literally anything.

After all, he has framed items as unusual as a large wedding dress with a long train and a Māori piu piu (flax skirt), to nails and fastenings from the demolished Godley House on Banks Peninsula.

“Framing sports memorabilia, certificates, embroidery, precious old documents or garments and beautiful artworks means every day of my job is different. That and seeing how happy people are with their finished work, makes what I do really exciting and satisfying.”

The walls of John’s gallery are lined with examples of his work, while scores of frame samples draw the eye with their potential for creating the perfect environment for a treasured object.

“We source quality frames from Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as exquisite frames from Italy and Spain. I will soon be one of only a handful of framers who stock the Bellini range of handmade, hand-gilded frames from Italy.”

John says there is a frame for every taste and budget.

“My team and I see ourselves as consultants – we help to determine the final choice of frame and mat boards after discussion with the customer. Each item requires its own unique presentation depending on its subject matter, style, age and where it will be placed.”

All framing is done on site at the Main North Road gallery. Phone 03 352 7594 for your next framing project.


 

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.

 

 

GET CLEVER WITH COLOUR
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.

THINK THEMATICALLY
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.

CREATIVE CONSISTENCY
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 carolyn@mcatamneygallery.co.nz.


 

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.

 

RICHARD BOLTON – CHARLOTTE DE ROTHSCHILD

 

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!”

 

RICHARD BOLTON – HAYDENTASKER

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 www.mcatamneygallery.co.nz or email carolyn@mcatamneygallery.co.nz.

 

 


 

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 artworkspapanui@xtra.co.nz, visit www.artworkspictureframing.nz 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 www.mcatamneygallery.co.nz.