Woodville Art and History Gallery exhibits


Porcelain plates by Emily Hrstich.

Some special art treasures were displayed and offered for sale to the public in the Woodville Art and History Gallery during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

After tremendous efforts by Woodville Art and History volunteers, the Woodville Gallery in the former i-Site building and attached to the Lindauer Replica studio showcased amazing artwork every day except Christmas Day and New Years from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And it’s totally free!

Colored Oils by Ian Good.
Colored Oils by Ian Good.

In 2019, Tararua District Council granted Woodville Art and History Society Inc two-year access to the old library and i-Site to convert it into art galleries. Since then, the society has raised $74,000 in grants, allowing it to extensively renovate the buildings using mostly volunteer labor and transform them into stunning spaces to display artwork and objects of interest. historical.

Since Saturday 30 October, when the first major exhibition was officially opened with the work of recently deceased local artist Suze Phillips on display for sale in the large gallery for a month-long period, a steady succession of artists exhibited their work for sale. .

The company’s policy is to open three galleries – one for the work of Tararua artists, one to display items of historical interest, and the third to maintain the Lindauer Replica Gallery.

The art gallery has four possible exhibition areas, the main one for rent for a month and three smaller spaces for bi-monthly exhibitions. Kevin says rent for the spaces is low but enough to cover costs, while sales commission will help fund further development.

It was amazing!

Each fortnight, up to six artists had exhibitions with the featured artist’s main gallery before Christmas, the pretty family with Robin and his art from recycled materials, and David with his segmented tray boards, his rests feet and his chess kits.

Other well-known artists also presented a wide variety of artworks in both subject and artistic medium during this time. These included felted wool by Sue McLeod, oil horses by Cherie Davis, fabric animals and witches by Mandy Sutherland, mixed media portraits and flowers by Nancy Honore, paintings by Tania Emslie and Tania Morrison and 80-year-old Gabrielle Withers with her first exhibit, which included painted rural scenes, thought-provoking abstract and detailed 3D sharks with real teeth.

After Christmas, the star artist with her intricate landscapes was Emilie Geant working in ink and watercolour. Vivian McKenna had detailed ink drawings of animals, each of which had extraordinary detail; Ian Gooch had colorful oil paintings, Margie Sutherland and Evan Davies each had contrasting photo prints, Christina Chappel presented acrylic paintings of animals, Sue McLeod again presented felted wool flower pots, Emily Hrstich painted beautiful porcelain plates and Heinz Speyer came up with distinctive steampunk designs.

From today the art gallery will display the top 20 framed entries from Tararua District Council’s Tararua Photographic Competition in the main gallery with all other entries displayed by video, and work by Carol and Peter Laubscher from Eketahuna and Ella Domper from Norsewood will be in the other galleries of the month.


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