“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
The first Favourites exhibition was held last year and was such a success for both owners and visitors that it was worth repeating.
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
A love of animals and a belief in the unity of all animals including humans has influenced Lynda Bell’s artwork and her lifestyle.
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 is an exhibition by two local ceramic artists, well known to Kaiapoi.
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.
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.
Students from local schools have worked together to create small canvases that depict their thoughts of what a Kiwi Christmas is all about.
Along with students from Kaiapoi Borough School , who have created a photographic exhibition entitled “Through their Eyes” because everyone else is taken.
These two exhibitions show the wonderful local talent we have here locally…
I personally loved to see the angles and subject matter in the photo collage
Thank you to the Kaiapoi Club for sponsoring this exhibition… artworks are for SALE
A wonderful new exhibition opened tonight at Art on the Quay, Klimt Decomposed by the Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group.
Jackie Watson the Manager of the gallery welcomed the talented local artists, Christine Watton the groups exhibition coordinator gave an overview of how the exhibition came about and how students from both Kaiapoi Borough School and Kaiapoi North Schools were involved in creating some of the wonderfully colourful works of art. This is a must see exhibition…
Attracting 24,000 visitors through its doors in its first month, Art on the Quay is Kaiapoi’s new public art gallery. It opened in January this year and is housed within the town’s new library in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre in Williams Street. In August, the library and gallery will be complemented by the Kaiapoi Museum, reopening in the same complex.
Art on the Quay is one of two galleries supported by the Waimakariri District Council. The Chamber Gallery in Rangiora opened in 1997 and has served as the model for the co-location of Art on the Quay with the library.
Deputy Chairperson for the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, Jackie Watson, has been involved with the establishment of both galleries, as well as promoting the arts in North Canterbury for more than 25 years.
Watson notes, with some pleasure, that taking the proposal for Art on the Quay to the Waimakariri councillors and securing their support was a straightforward task.
“The Chamber Gallery in Rangiora was already a successful model, receiving increasing support from library visitors who initially may have not been enthused. It has built audiences for the visual arts in Rangiora, so it represented a positive relationship and outcome for the Council. It was easy to gain their support by transferring this model to Kaiapoi. The Council also offered to consult with myself and the Arts Council, seeking advice on equipment and the gallery design. Consultation has taken place throughout the project, right up to the opening.”
Watson’s appreciation of a district council actively supportive of the arts is rare. Too often, there seems to be a divide between arts enthusiasts and rate payers. Look no further than the debate over Whangarei residents’ objections to the Hundertwasser Art Centre or the questions often raised in New Plymouth about the relevance of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery’s contemporary programme to the lives of the locals.
Yet, it is not just the good communication between the Waimakariri Council and the Arts Council that singles Art on the Quay out. Watson’s management of the gallery is centred on actively fostering public engagement.
“Exhibitions aim to encourage as much interaction with the public as possible,” she says. “Earlier this year, a group exhibition of favourite artworks in local residents’ collections, featuring artworks by Bill Hammond and Nigel Brown, also gave the public a chance to vote for their favourite paintings. Thousands took the opportunity to cast their vote.”
The current exhibition, Art Expo Revisited, is similarly strong in its emphasis upon the community, paying tribute to the new gallery’s origins.
“Ten years ago, Elaine Armstrong, a local artist, wanted a public gallery in Kaiapoi. Although the idea did not gain traction, it was agreed that an exhibition for local artists would be organised. Out of that came the Art Expo in 2005. Interest in the inaugural event came from more than 100 artists throughout the Waimakariri. We discovered how many artists were out there in North Canterbury and every year since, the Expo receives an average of 30% new submissions from artists who have not previously exhibited with us.”
Guest artists from the past 10 years have been invited to Art Expo Revisited. Highlights include Mary Kelleher, a Northland textile artist and former Christchurch resident whose wall-relief, The Mill is Kaiapoi, traces the town’s history.
“Kelleher starts with the pre-European history, the Woollen Mills as a centre for the town’s industries, and the earthquakes of September 2010. It concludes with the new Civic Centre.”
The Mill is Kaiapoi is also interactive – textile doors and windows can be opened to reveal objects and lenses offering views of photographs and newspaper clippings.
Another guest artist, Mark Lander, exhibits two hand-made paper works, Wreath for the Transitional Cathedral and the impressive, Flowerscape. Both confirm that over the past 30 years Lander has fine-tuned his ability to, not only reveal the beauty of the natural world, but also his reputation as one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as a contemporary painter.
The opening of the Kaiapoi Museum on August 15 will further strengthen the Civic Centre’s partners’ relationship and provide an important element of renewal for Kaiapoi. The original Museum housed in the Kaiapoi Historic Court House was demolished within any consultation seven days after September 4, 2010 earthquakes. Its reopening in the town centre represents some level of reparation and the promise of revitalisation.
Has the population shift to North Canterbury been important to the arts in the district?
“Of course it has. The new gallery would not have been possible without the September earthquake. Kaiapoi is a unique settlement. It is an historical town with a river and that continues to shape it as a place to meet. The prospect for the library, gallery and museum is also about interaction.”
Kaiapoi Art Expo celebrated its 10th birthday this month and a s a tribute to the popular annual art exhibition Art ON The Quay invited former guest artists and winners of Public Choice awards to take part in Art Expo Revisited. Artists are:Sandra Duncan, Ann Filshie, Wilson Henderson, Emma Johns, Mary Kelleher, Mark Lander, Christine Lang, Mark Larsen, Marilyn Rea Menzies, Karen Werner and creator of the familiar Prima Primadonna image used for branding the iconic Waimakariri art event, Rae West
The exhibition sees the return of the popular textile mural by Mary Kelleher of The Mill is Kaiapoi and Mark Landers has a triptych using his flowers made from waste paper.
A wreath by Mark, a smaller version of an art work he hopes will be displayed in Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral, is also in the show.
The exhibition runs from 17 July to 19th August.