Toni Duffy’s exhibition ‘Re-Collections’

Toni Duffy’s exhibition ‘Re-Collections’ is showing at Art On The Quay until July 12.

Her oil paintings interpret the wilderness of New Zealand with subtle plays of colour while her figurative work suggests an other-worldliness and mystery.

Toni says,” My aim is to capture the essence of a place or person.

I aim to scratch the surface and paint how I feel about the subject through my own experiences. I don’t want to reproduce images but interpret what I see and feel.”IMG_0960

Favourites 2017

Another stunning exhibition of favourite works from local art-lovers’ collections. Photos by Jackie Watson
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Neville Sinclair – Magnet for the Mind

Art and maths normally have little in common, but Neville Sinclair of Scargill has spent much of the last twenty-five years creating paintings inspired by numbers.

Magnet for the Mind at Kaiapoi’s Art On The Quay is an exhibition featuring his mathematical masterpieces, which depict geometric shapes and patterns more commonly seen in textbooks. Until 8th March.

Opening night images by Ann Worthy Stephenson

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Variations on Still Life by Kaiapoi Creative Arts

Variations on Still Life by Kaiapoi Creative Arts.
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In as many different media as possible. The result is a range of materials used from felting to painting and everything in between.
Guest artist Galina Kim used acrylics in a traditional still life composition that has instant appeal, but it is the more unusual felted sculpture, cross stitch and photography that deserve a closer look, revealing a painstaking dedication and hours of work to create these masterpieces.
Pay a visit to Art On The Quay to catch this exhibition before it closes on December 15.

Thank you to Ann Worthy for the photos

Rangiora Pottery Group is showing the work of 12 potters

Rangiora Pottery Group is showing the work of 12 potters from the group at Art On The Quay’s latest exhibition, Pottery Plus until 17th November.img_7517-version-2
As well as all types of ceramics from thrown work and slabwork the exhibits show a range of firing techniques too.
The Plus part of the show refers to the other arts and crafts that are practised by this talented group including tapestry, sculpture, paintings and pastel.
Ruth Stanton McLeod’s delicate orange and black raku pots were admired by many at the opening night as were the salt glazed bowls of Les Taylor and the shino glazed boxes by Andrew Carran.
Adam Robertshaw’s white glazed abstract forms reflect the influence of his recent trip to Japan.
The Club, the only one in North Canterbury, was formed some 48 years ago in 1968 by a keen group who built their own kilns, dug their own clay from Okuku Bullock Creek and Kakahu which they somehow managed to blend into a suitable stoneware clay that could be thrown and fired.
“What an achievement and how lucky we are today as all we need is a phone call away,” says potter Les Taylor. 

The Imaginarium of Ann Worthy Stephenson

“The Imaginarium of Ann Worthy Stephenson” – Art on the Quay located in the Kaiapoi Library!

Ann’s images are really quite stunning, the beauty she see in each person, the creativity that she then applies, is truely wonderful…

Each image is unique and you can see that time has been taken to create props that will add value to each image…

A must see exhibition

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Favourites 2016

The first Favourites exhibition was held last year and was such a success for both owners and visitors that it was worth repeating.Favourites 18

This year local art lovers from Kaiapoi, Kairaki, Clarkville, Ohoka and Rangiora were invited to share a favourite work of art that they owned.

The range of work that came in is interesting as there were two by Oliva Spencer Bower, a North Canterbury artist, two by Svetlana Orinko of Christchurch and two by Angus Watson, from Queenstown, indicating their popularity.

Landscapes, of our beautiful country, and predominately water-colour, made up a fair number.

The surprise of this collection of locally owned art is the sketch by Salvador Dali and is in fact the only non-NZ artist in this exhibition.

There are a few of Christchurch pre-quake reminding us of life when we had a city centre nearby.

We asked the owners to explain what it was about the piece that made it a favourite and we hope you enjoy reading their responses.

A big thank you to them for sharing their art especially as they now have to look

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A love of animals and a belief in the unity of all animals including humans has influenced Lynda Bell’s artwork and her lifestyle.

A love of animals and a belief in the unity of all animals including humans has influenced Lynda Bell’s artwork and her lifestyle. Lydia Bell
Bell’s vibrant and colourful acrylic paintings are on show in Kaiapoi’s Art On The Quay until April 28.
A committed vegan, Bell is a member of the Artists of Compassion, an international group of vegan artists.
A reproduction of her painting The Protector featured recently in a vegan expo in Paris and the ensuing Facebook publicity has attracted much admiration for her work from overseas.
“I enjoy creating directly from my imaginary fantasy world – made up of the natural world, fairytales and untold stories, real animals and fantastical creatures, all piled into images that promote joy and kindness towards all living beings,” she says.
“ I like to play with archetypal symbolism, and mix it with quirky imagery. Because my paintings are largely intuitive, the outcome is unknown during the painting process.
‘Episodes of a Day-Dream’ is a series of works, which all began as intuitive meanderings. The larger paintings grew from my imagination and became symbols of my thought process – a collection of muddled tales, shapes and patterns from nature and many animals. Each painting is unique with its own stories and messages. I have scattered ideas of what these stories and messages are, and I hope that my audience creates many more. Each of the smaller paintings depict a character from each of the larger artworks.
I am an optimist and my paintings will always have a cheerful undertone. They are symbolic of my belief that battles can be won, and people are innately good. We are all heroes with inner conflicts, and aspirations. We endeavour to make progress and strive for betterment, whether on a personal level or on a greater scale, and there is always something new to achieve. A happy ending, after all is just a new beginning.

“Moments In Time” by Rachel Harre and Frank Malone

“Moments In Time”
by Rachel Harre and Frank Malone is an exhibition by two local ceramic artists, well known to Kaiapoi.

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“Moments In Time” by Rachel Harre and Frank Malone

For seven years their gallery/shop, Fragments of Grace, on Hilton Street was filled with their unique work.

Charming figures cut out of clay, stained and painted with brightly coloured acrylic adopt poses suggestive of special moments. The works are celebratory by nature. The exhibition depicts moments to cherish, savour and enjoy.

Tall statues of graceful women, characters enjoying life, walking on a tightrope or flying in a balloon, each piece is unique.

Their work has been extensively exhibited since 1985 and examples can be seen in public places in North Canterbury. One sculpture, historic panels depicting Kaiapoi’s history stood on the banks of the Kaiapoi River until the earthquake forced its removal. Plans are underway to return it to a sculpture park once Kaiapoi’s red zone decisions are completed.

Top Notch, is a true reflection of its title

The latest exhibition, Top Notch, is a true reflection of its title. Art works by Kaiapoi High School’s Years 11, 12, and 13 art students are of a very high standard indeed.

Students were free to choose their own themes, and they cover a diversity of topics, such as Loneliness, and Aging. Thus the exhibition is varied and interesting, with a range of thought provoking interpretations on a theme.The layout of each student’s work is over several boards, and the number of boards indicates the year of the student. Three panel works represent a Year 13 composition, two panels that of a Year 12 student.Some boards feature a series of photographs, others a range of media.

The art works have just returned from having been sent away for independent evaluation, with the results for students known in January.

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