Lisa Powers – Silence, Stillness, Solitude

Lisa Powers – Silence, Stillness, Solitude
Latest exhibition is on show at the Art on the Quay gallery in the Kaiapoi library

Tell us about what sort of preparation went into your current show?

I started planning the show the minute the title came to me.  Everything seemed to fall into place from there.  Nearly all the images are either completely new, or re-worked. I started a series of still-life photographs of flowers, which I hadn’t done before.  I experimented with the different shades of Cyanotype, and   I named the series, “Even Flowers get the Blues”.  I developed a sepia colour that has an underlay of gold that I really like for my vintage-look images.

My helpers are always my faithful kitties. We work well together, and they remind me to take breaks. Otherwise, I’d work straight through days and nights.

I feel satisfied with the images I selected. I was anxious and fearful at the prospect of a solo exhibition, but as with anything else, I immersed myself in the work, and soon saw the exhibition taking shape.  An artist friend said to “imagine it finished, and it will be done!”  Good advice.

Art on the quay

Art on the quay

KAIAPOI – A Different Perspective.

KAIAPOI – A Different Perspective.
Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group

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KAIAPOI – A Different Perspective. Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group

KAIAPOI – A Different Perspective.
Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group

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Lyn Walls, Bev and Denis Thorpe, Ross and Lorraine Andrew, Pat Ellis, Elaine Stobbe, Jane Mundy, Margaret Fletcher, Mel Radford, Gaye McKenzie, Ruby Whitty and Christine Watton.

The intention of this exhibition is to challenge the viewer to see everyday objects and scenes from their local community in a different way or light.
Each member has used their chosen medium and represented their subject matter in a fashion which may require some degree of interpretation from exhibition attendees.

Many forms of abstractions and varying viewpoints have been utilised by the KCA members to achieve our objective.
We gratefully acknowledge the tutorage of Rob McDowall, Maxine Burney and Galina Kim and their skills they imparted specifically for this exhibition.

The Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group meets every Thursday morning at the Kaiapoi Club 9.30am – 12pm.They enjoy a social atmosphere of sharing artistic interests and skills plus organise art outings and tutorials. We are always looking for new members. For more information contact Ruby Whitty 03 3279571

Art on the Quay website –

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


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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