Birds tickle artists’ fancy


Three Birds and a Feather, the latest exhibition at Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery, is a multi-media show from this Friday, October 1, running until October 24.
So, what happens when you get three Waikato women artists together to exhibit their current work? Answer: A lot of laughs!

Artists Santie English, a symbolist painter from Cambridge, Clare Wimmer, a Raglan potter, and Hamilton-based fashion designer Ciane Lawrey, have joined together to explore an ornithological theme with an impish style.

The talented women have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work together on Three Birds and a Feather. Essential to it has been the communication of thought-provoking ideas coupled with the ability to have a jolly good laugh.

The artists have tackled serious ideas such as personal identity, finding your place in the world, birth, tradition, and what constitutes the image of authority, all with their tongues placed firmly in cheek.

Mischievous and delightful, the variety of media and personal reflection has created a captivating exhibition to be enjoyed by all ages and tastes.

Inspirit Gallery is at 360 Pencarrow Road, Tamahere. Opening hours on weekends are from 10am to 4pm. Hours vary Tuesdays to Fridays so please call Jenny first on 07 856 3170, or drop in when the open sign is out. Appointments and group bookings with guided art appreciation tours are also welcomed.

Looking ahead, Inspirit’s next exhibition from October 29 is titled Endangered, a project to support the work of Waikato’s Maungatuatari Ecological Island.

Inspirit gallery has drawn together the Waikato’s top artists to express the deep green ethos they’ve found at Maungatuatari. Artists like Joan Fear have made special visits to Maungatuatari to get to the heart of what makes it a special and inspiring place.

There, among the ancient native trees providing shelter and food for wildlife, they’ve encountered noisy kaka, kakariki, takahe and hihi on the tracks as well as fantail, tui and keruru.

Ecologist Chris Smuts-Kennedy will open the exhibition at a preview on Friday, October 29 at 5:30pm. A silent auction with all sale proceeds donated to Maungatuatari will be held on the night.

Inspirit Studio & Gallery is a spacious contemporary art gallery and multifunctional creative space. It was established by director Jenny Scown in 2007. Jenny is also a contributing photographic artist.

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