Recently we have had the Culverden Fete, and the Counter Fete in the township which occur at the end of every October, (a must in anyone’s diary) and of course the Garden Tour which happens every second year, in early November. It has bought to the Culverden Gallery many visitors and new artists alike
With time and occasions a-plenty, Bruce has added more and more to his collection here in Culverden.
An exciting array of quality artworks will be on show from November 21 until December 3.
Diversity is the theme for this exhibition.
Jane Riley is an established artist using bold colour with a very contemporary style.
Vicky Peacock’s work shows strong drawing skills, with semi-abstract landscapes making for compelling viewing.
Retired Architect Donal McKay uses his precise, vocational, drawing skills to create very pleasing artworks. The rural scenes from this very creative artist have have layered texture and are very collectable.
The final artist of this eclectic quartet is young, local, artist Kirsty MacKenzie. Here we have an emerging talent with art to make you think.
Opening Friday 25 January at 5pm
Carol Moffatt lives and paints in North Canterbury. After a career in education Carol, in recent years, has attended Charles Sturt University (Australia). Carol favours an impressionist style and is viewed as a promising emerging talent, she has dabbled in the watercolour medium for several years. In the last three years she has concentrated on technique inspired by Alvaro Castegnet, Joseph Zbukvic and more recently Amanda Hyatt. During 2012 the works of Ann Blockley, the English impressionist, have also influenced her work.
Opening 5pm Friday 7 December is a new show of works by Ann Filshie and Ray Erridge.
Ann has had success at numerous exhibitions over the years, she mostly paints in acrylics and her work appeals to all ages. Whereas Ray’s work is lovingly created digital art.
“Waiting to be called” by Ray Erridge
“Here comes the judge” by Ann Filshie
From October 17 to November 4 Gallery II will host its opening exhibition. Well known and developing artists from the South Island have been invited to show up to four works each.
Interior view of one corner of the main gallery
Since Bruce took over managing the gallery there have been a number of improvements, which give the main gallery a cleaner, fresher look.
In addition an extra exhibition space “Gallery II” has been created so that group or individual shows can be held without disrupting the display of work of artists who normally show at the gallery.
Improvements have also been made to outside appearance and signage which give the gallery a fresh, welcoming feel.
The Culverden Gallery is located in a beautiful old hall which was built for the Amuri Mounted Rifles in 1902.
The gallery owner, Bruce Johns, is active in trying to promote established, and up and coming artists, most of whom reside in the North Canterbury area.
Here is a sample of work currently in the gallery
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