Low Tide shows at gallery

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Low Tide, an exhibition of paintings by Colleen Dewhurst and weaving and fibre art by Dianne Dudfield, is the latest exhibition at Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery.

On show from today (July 3) until July 25, Low Tide features the ocean-inspired art of the two Bay of Plenty artists. Dudfield works from her studio at Pio Shores, Waihi Beach, looking across the Pacific Ocean to Tuhua (Mayor) Island. Colleen Dewhurst lives at Papamoa.
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Dudfield takes her weaving to a new level in this exhibition, turning fibre into functional and beautiful pieces of art, says gallery owner Jenny Scown.

“She pushes the boundaries of her looms, creating artworks, exquisite fine wraps, scarves, fabric and sumptuous blankets, combining wool, mohair, cotton and silk in a variety of weave structures. Her obsession with fibre engages her imagination constantly.”

For Dewhurst it’s all about the ocean – at her beloved Papamoa, and other favourite places around the tropical Pacific Islands.

Her painting life began in the mid-nineties prompted by a strong desire to express the beauty and feeling of the Pacific Islands where she has lived and travelled, Scown said.

She began working in pastels then moved on to acrylic, striving to create images that excite her, that feel good to be around and that make others feel good too.

Her paintings continue to be influenced by the tropical places of the world, by her wider world travels, and by her home in the Bay of Plenty where she exhibits regularly.

Inspirit Gallery is at 360 Pencarrow Rd, Tamahere. Click here for more on Inspirit Gallery exhibitions.

Just around the corner at 442 Pencarrow Road, Hilltop Wines is having a Cellar Door Open Home on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Drop in after visiting Inspirit Gallery and enjoy Hilltop’s boutique wines, food and song … the perfect afternoon to beat the winter blues.

For more information phone Phil at Hilltop, 07 827 8217.

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