Art scene from grass roots

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Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery’s latest exhibition is Grass Roots – art that explores the backbone of New Zealand country life.
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Grass Roots, featuring artists Joan Fear, Tanya Finlayson, Santie English, Airdrie Hamilton, Rachel Olsen, Anne Garvey, Carolyn Johns, Ciane Lawrey, Laura Littlejohn and Amber Bold, runs from June 10 to July 25 at the Pencarrow Rd gallery.

“We’re proud of our rural pedigree at Inspirit Gallery,” says director Jenny Scown who has timed the exhibition to coincide with the National Agricultural Fieldays at nearby Mystery Creek.

“Grass Roots is a reverent expression of the importance the rural community and lifestyle have in our country and to our artists.”

The exhibition offers a unique perspective on all things rural in a diverse collection of multi-media art from leading local and national artists.

Shearer’s singlets from the woolshed are transformed into glamorous dresses by textile artist Anne Garvey of Te Kuiti, a country childhood is relived in Tanya Finlayson’s hand carved and hand painted linoleum works, and paper artist Carol Johns’ mixed media works feature roosters and other farm animals.

Rural Landscapes are spotlighted in paintings by Joan Fear, Santie English, Rachel Olsen and Airdrie Hamilton. Also featured are beautifully handcrafted country quilts by Laura Littlejohn and ‘reloved’ vintage country designs by Amber Bold.

Click here for more on the exhibition and the Inspirit Gallery.

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