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.
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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

Art@Work exhibition

Art@Work exhibition – 13 local Waimakariri artists are exhibiting some amazing artwork.

This is the first “Art on the Quay” exhibition where all artwork is for sale, “there is something for everyone’s taste” in this eclectic mix of clay sculptures from Rachel Harre and Frank Malone, acrylics from Sandra Duncan, steel sculptures from Mark Larsen, lively paintings from Joanne McDougall, mixed media from Diana Gillanders, Gorgeous gloss work from Christine Watton, pop art from Joel Hart, abstracts from Paul Smith, recycled glass from NakedArt, Gorgeous colours from Patrick Bonner, landscapes from Ruby Whitty, airbrush and ink from Martyn Giles and Carol Moffatt is showing some lovely water colours.

As we were setting up the exhibition we had bus loads of people eager to see the latest exhibition, and it is well worth a visit.

If you are keen on purchasing any of the artwork, all you have to do is approach one of the library staff and pay a small deposit of a $100, at the end of the exhibition the organizers will make contact with you to collect and pay the balance.

I would suggest if you are keen on any of the art work that you best get in fast

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Rachel Harre and Frank Malone

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

 

 

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel

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Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

Art@Work exhibition - local Waimakariri artists, paintings, water colours, mixed media, amazing clay sculptures, glass, steel - all for sale

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Passchendaele 1917 Remembered

Kaiapoi North, Kaiapoi Borough and St Patrick’s Primary Schools have contributed artworks of Anzac Day to be displayed alongside the work of Belgian art students.
The Battle of Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the Great War with 3700 New Zealand casualties, of which 45 officers and 800 men were either dead or lying mortally wounded between the lines.

In terms of lives lost in a single day, this remains the blackest day in New Zealand’s history.
In 2007, on the 90th anniversary of that battle, the Waimakariri District was invited to formally ‘twin’ with Zonnebeke-Passendale, reuniting the bonds forged between our two districts on the fields of Flanders.
Flanders is forever linked with soldiers’ blood, through the celebrated poem by John McCrae, which immortalised the sacrifice made by so many on the battlefield.
Waimakariri was chosen as a twin because of its similarity in landscape and people and in recognition of the number of soldiers from here who remain buried there.
A scrapbook of stories and memories of our soldiers was presented to the visiting Belgians and in return they gifted the artworks in this exhibition.
The prints are works by students of the RHoK Academie of Visual Arts in Brussels, three generations removed from the horror of that time.
The works are sombre, produced by a variety of printmaking processes.
Some are lithographs, others etchings and some are linoblock.
Mud was as much an enemy of the soldiers fighting in Flanders as the enemy.
The name conjures images of shell craters, barbed wire across a shattered landscape of mud, soldiers trapped in trenches to be mown down by machine gunfire or blown up by artillery.
The capture of the village of Passchendaele near Ypres in Flanders cost thousands of lives.
More New Zealand soldiers died in Belgium than any other country.
In the many war cemeteries that surround Passchendaele the graves are still cared for and respected and the people there do not forget those who sacrificed their lives for their freedom.
The exhibition runs until 28 May.

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Faces behind the “Favourites” Exhibition

Thank you to the owners who were photographed with their artworks, which they kindly loaned to “Art on the Quay” for the Favourites exhibition:

We would love for people to post a comment below, letting us know which is your favourite.

Blackwells Brent and Shirley Dan Elevated image Fenwicks Ian McNish Joan Mark Maureen 1 Michael Speech Still life Sue Sutherlands Wide Angle 2

Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

From Libraries – Phillippa Ashbey
Awards Nomination – The Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre is receiving a steady number of visitors and a great deal of positive feedback. The building, itself, has been nominated for a Canterbury Institute of Architects Award and a national judging panel toured the building yesterday as part of the awards process.

Art on the Quay – The next exhibition at Art On The Quay is a collection of artworks owned by members of the Kaiapoi community.Members of the community have been asked to lend a favourite work of art for the month of April. 30 works will be on display. And, in a great new initiative, an Art On The Quay website has been launched. See: https://artonthequay.com/
Chamber Gallery – Rangiora Library visitors are enjoying “The Journey”, an exhibition of painting by Padi Nistala-James. The artist was born in Vizag, India, has travelled widely and is now resident in the Waimakariri District. This vibrant show will run until 23 April 2015.
Kaiapoi Library –11,393 books were borrowed from the new Kaiapoi Library in February (The first full month of operation after opening on 17 January 2015). By comparison, the average monthly issues at the Temporary Library had been running at 5,642.

Favourites. An exhibition of favourite art works from local art lovers. 31st March – 24th April.

Favourites. An exhibition of favourite art works from local art lovers. 31st March – 24th April.

This is an amazing eclectic mix of artwork, including works by:

Bill Hammond is a New Zealand artist. Hammond attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury from 1966 to 1969, and has worked as a full-time painter since 1981.

Rachel Harré has been an exhibiting artist since 1985, graduating from The School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in Printmaking. Rachel went on to exhibit paintings which mainly focused on the Canterbury landscape. Rachel has used some of the same techniques of woodcut and etching in her wall relief tiles and sculptures.

Frank Malone has been a full-time potter since 2001 and in that time has explored new avenues of expression which can be seen in his coil and slab vessels, and sculptural works.

Beverley Griffiths – The human form whether in it’s natural state, at leisure, or simply going about it’s everyday business, has always provided me with an abundance of material and I never lose interest in finding new and challenging ways to portray this. I also have a keen desire to add New Zealand’s hill forms into my body of work.

Plus many more, this is a must see exhibition, running between 31st March – 24th April.

Let us know by sending a message below telling us what favourite is YOUR favourite

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Still Here / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

Cosmo Kentish Barnes

Exhibition closes on 28th March
Over the past few months Cosmo has been surveying the red zoned, earthquake damaged areas of Kaiapoi. This has motivated him to produce a series of photographs of exiled residents in front of their red stickered homes, or the empty sites where their houses once stood.

He is inspired by the formal approach 19th century New Zealand photographers had towards family portraits and is transferring his feelings for this aesthetic into modern day family portraiture.

The juxtaposition of the residents, in front of their damaged properties, aims to communicate a sense of family unity against the odds, in this case the earthquakes. Many 19th century family portraits also emphasised the importance of family unity rising above the hardships of the day.
The participants in this exhibition represent a cross section of a community who lost their homes, but not their spirits. Each portrait is accompanied by a first person account of life since the first earthquake struck.

Cosmo used a Panasonic GH3 camera and a Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 prime lens.