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.

"Moments In Time" by Rachel Harre and Frank Malone

“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.

43 NZ Authors Portrait Photography by Maja Moritz

Photography is telling stories without words.
It is about expressing feelings, often unspoken feelings.
It is about the search for the essence of a moment.
Fleeting, ephemeral, personal, somehow intimate without intimacy,
an impression of spirit.
The title ‘NZ Authors’ reflects the working title of my assignment.AuthorMosaic_300dpi
The German press agency, dpa picture alliance, asked me to photograph NZ authors
present at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany as New Zealand was the
Guest of Honour that year. There was no particular selection, I just tried to meet with
as many of the authors who were appointed to go as possible.
Having worked as a photojournalist for a number of decades,
my journalistic storytelling view of people and situations also played its part
in the way this production was realized.

In connection with this exhibition Maja is offering a workshop about portrait photography:


Wednesday 10 February, 2.30 – 5 pm
Art On The Quay – Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

Cost $30 per person

Please register by email to majamoritz@aol.com
This workshop offers an introduction and insights about the secrets of portrait photography. Some deeper understanding of your own photography can be gained, including meaning and message, and for example the ability of weaving a story into your pictures. Learning to make your images a reflection of what you perceive is as important as your connection to your model!
We will include technical aspects like how to make effective use of the existing light or how to create your own little mobile studio and light setting and other creative options. We will look at how to best work with your model and what is important for interviewing and directing your model in an appropriate and effective way. The choice of location or set up is also an important factor and will be discussed.

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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A Kiwi Christmas and Through your Eyes

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

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Five Brothers Grimm Fairytales interpreted by Gaby Reade

Are you sitting comfortably? Then let me begin…

These beautiful images by Gaby Reade will amaze you… not only the artwork but the embossed paper that each image is on is quite beautiful, an artwork in itself.

IMG_3278Gaby has prepared a video presentation of how she creates the artworks and will be in the library reading the stories, so watch for times when she is doing that.

Each artwork is from a series of 20, orders can be placed for framed or unframed.

This exhibition and reading the wonderful fairytales are a must see exhibition at Art on the Quay

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Klimt Decomposed – Kaiapoi Creative Arts Group

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…

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Treasures of the Waimakariri by Kate Jacob

Art On The Quay’s latest exhibition Treasures of the Waimakariri by Kate Jacob will delight the viewer with the delicately detailed drawings of local birds and plants.
Using oil based pencils, Kate reveals the natural beauty  that we see around us. As the illustrator of the Tuhaitara Coastal Park’s recently published Field Guide, (in fact some of the drawings on sale at the gallery can be found in the guide) Kate uses her highly honed drawing skill to faithfully reproduce every feather, foot, bud or branch depicted in her exquisite pictures.
Opening night saw five of her masterpieces red dotted and sold. Buyers have four weeks to view the exhibition which closes on the 16th September.
Pukeko, wrybill, paradise ducks, and fantail are some of the birds chosen as subjects and they are accompanied with plants such as akeake and harakeke.IMG_6091

About the Artist.

Born in England in 1972 Kate Jacob moved to New Zealand with her husband and two children eight years ago.  She studied History and Art at Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in London and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Her first job was arranging other people’s exhibitions in an Arts Centre.  After starting a family, she took up painting portraits of houses and village scenes and selling them at craft fairs.

After moving to New Zealand Kate did a course in Botanical drawing in Rangiora and was introduced to the Oil pencils she now uses.  A relationship with Tuhaitara Coastal Park led to the creation of the field guide which led to this exhibition.

About the medium.

Kate uses Faber Castel Polychromos pencils to produce her work.  The oil based pigments mean the colours are not only rich but are blendable and give one the opportunity to produce iridescent effects.  Incredibly sharp points allow for minute details to be rendered.  Smooth paper means the grain does not interfere with the image so almost photographic effects can be created.

All works are original.

Art Expo Revisited – Kaiapoi Art Expo celebrated its 10th birthday

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.

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Artists Bios from Exhibition