Hope- shining a light in the dark.
Tim Stephenson Bio:
Born 1963 in Wellington New Zealand, Tim Graduated from Wellington School of Design in industrial design in 1984. Tim worked as a freelance designer for almost all of his career. His work ranged widely, including television production design and art direction, shopfitting, museum design, graphics and design for promotions and events. Most of that work has involved creating a vision within a frame. Be it a viewfinder, window or stage. Tim is always looking at what makes the world and people tick. He has exhibited a number of times but not since pulling an exhibition out on Sept 4th, 2010
As many of us have, I have had some challenging times; deaths of loved ones, earthquakes and a recent spinal cord injury. Sometimes that can lead to some dark times when life is uncertain and confusing. That is when hope becomes so important. Often hope is the only thing that keeps our head above water and what turns a bad day to a good one. There are many aspects to hope and I only briefly touch on a few of them here.
This body of work is largely drawn from work done since my last exhibition in 2010. While I had intended to create work specifically for the exhibition I found that I had many works that conveyed the message I wanted to tell.
I find that photography is much more than a creative medium. The act of taking an image with an intention in mind often provides much, much more than a record of what is in front of the camera. There is often a surprising amount of other information there. Things to learn from, wisdom, a connection with a higher source. To that end, I often use in camera techniques, slow shutter, motion, multiple exposure to allow that to happen.
Works are signed, dated and numbered but are limited to a set number in this case seven prints. That is not to say that seven have been produced.
Signed and numbered series
Works are signed, dated and numbered as they are produced. The artist keeps a record of the number of prints produced. Often there will only be a small number of prints made so to have one of only three may be better.
In both cases if a single image in this exhibition has a red dot another print will be available so please ask.
Reflections of Blue, is an exhibition of paintings on the theme of water by Nikki Kutyn.
A Graduate of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Nikki says “I wanted the work the work for this exhibition to some how reflect Kaiapoi and its community and one thing that is happening right now is the rehabilitation of Kaiapoi’s river.
“Water plays an important part in the Kaiapoi community with us being connected with a coastal front, the estuary and then the river. So I thought it was only fitting to show works relating to water and in the gallery right by the river, Art on the Quay.”
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.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 as the exhibition closes on the 15th July
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.
Favourites. An exhibition of favourite art works from local art lovers. 31st March – 24th April.
Kaiapoi business owners, community leaders and residents were asked to share their favourite artwork with the Kaiapoi community by lending it for the month of April to Art On The Quay. The result is a colourful melange of landscapes, seascapes, portraits, and abstract art. All works are by NZ artists, both from the past and the present, mostly paintings but there are also three sculptural items, two of which are by Rachel Harre and Frank Malone, popular ceramic artists from Woodend who pre-quake ran an artist’s studio and shop where their work with a Christian theme as well as more secular work was displayed. Their colourful and imaginative work delights both children and adults.
Some works have a family connection, a niece or aunt having produced it, and for others it represents something important either philosophically or historically in their lives.
Some artists are almost household names: Bill Hammond, Aston Greathead or Philip Trusttum, while others are complete unknowns as in the two students whose work has been selected by their principals, taken down from the walls of their offices for the exhibition.
Faces peer out at the viewer in both enchanting and terrifying ways. Water is well represented and boats too highlighting the emphasis we place on the shoreline for our play.
A brief explanation of why the work is a favourite can be found next to each painting or sculpture.
If you have an artwork you would be happy to share with the community contact the gallery through the website www.artonthequay.com and another Favourites exhibition could be held next year.
Nigel Brown. Full time artist since 1972. Lives in coastal Southland, his work is mainly about the history of New Zealand.
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. http://www.fragmentsofgrace.co.nz/
Beverley Griffiths – “The human form whether in its 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” http://www.creativetauranga.org.nz/artists/painting/beverley-griffiths.html
Lori Davis – was born in Wellington in 1959, and now live Nelson where I work from a studio/gallery in the colonial village atmosphere of Founders Heritage Park. Although I have had no formal training – other than a lifetime of practice – drawing and art have always been the driving force in my life. My favourite medium is gouache on paper. I am inspired by the work of other new Zealand artists and the patterns and colours of this country’s landscape . I love the shadows the sun casts on objects and the land. http://www.loridavis.co.nz
John Coley MBE. Well known Christchurch artist and art teacher. Travelled with Sir Miles Warren creating illustrated travel notebooks. Director of Robert McDougall Art Gallery. Retired to Waikuku until recently.
Lesley Dobbs. Waikuku artist and art teacher. Exhibits in Wai annual exhibition at Waikuku.
Aston Greathead. Famous for landscapes of South Island mountain scenes. Worked from ‘60s to ‘90s.
Sarah Harper. An Ashburton born artist who lives in Mt Somers. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand since 1989 where she started her career as a watercolourist, painting mainly large still lives. Nowadays animals and landscapes are her primary focus. www.artfind.co.nz
Steve Harris. A New Zealand self-taught realist painter now living in Australia. www.therealsteveharris.com.au
Frank Hulley. Kaiapoi painter, exhibits in the Kaiapoi Art Expo.
Olwyn McKinlay. Christchurch artist
Sally Powell. Watercolour artist.
Talia Pearson. Kaiapoi artist. Exhibits in Kaiapoi Art Expo
Alaina Rhind. Christchurch based pop surrealist who creates highly detailed mysterious illustrated landscapes filled with wonderful weird creatures. www.alainarhind.com
Jan Robertson was art teacher at Rangiora High School
Helen Rockel taught art at Kaiapoi High School in the 70s. www.helenrockel.co.nz
Llew Summers. Well known Christchurch sculptor. His sculpture Teeming was on the corner of Charles and Williams pre quake. www.llewsummers.co.nz
Sue Syme. A West Coaster, Sue now lives in Picton. Exhibits widely throughout NZ. www.suesyme.com
Philip Trusttum is one of New Zealand’s leading figurative, expressionist painters. www.trusttum.co.nz Painting since the 1970s
Malcolm Warr. Auckland artist very popular in the 90s.
Claire Wilcox. A North Canterbury artist. www.clarewilcox.com
This is a must see exhibition, running between 31st March – 24th April.
Still Here / 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.
Art Workshops popular with schools.
Pupils from Kaiapoi Borough School took part in Mary Kelleher’s workshops during the last week of her textile exhibition in Kaiapoi’s new art space, Art On The Quay.
Three classes visited the gallery during a day of using collage to produce a book cover.
Children selected a favourite picture and piece of fabric, then using coffee as a stain and glue, designed and created a unique book cover.
The children were thrilled with the result and Megan Blatch who runs the Attitude for Art programme for the school was delighted with the opportunity for the children to meet and work with an artist in a medium previously unknown to them.
Kelleher has run a number of workshops with schools during her very popular exhibition of six textile murals.
Her visitor’s book is crammed full of praise for this unique exhibition with a surprising number of tourists who have viewed it, one person from Germany saying it is the best exhibition they have ever seen.