On whimsy and fishing

Sep 6th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events

Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery will be host to a whimsical, fishing-themed exhibition from Sunday, September 24.

When bears go fishing

In her second solo exhibition at the Pencarrow Rd gallery, popular artist Santie Cronje reflects on the art of relaxing in the great outdoors.

“Freshwater fishing has been a quiet pastime I’ve enjoyed since first arriving in New Zealand, not as a fisher but as a watcher as others cast their lines,” she said.

For the symbolist artist, relaxing beside a stream after hiking to the “perfect” spot, enjoying the magnificent outdoors, the smells and sounds of a river and the slowing of time are what are at the heart of the trout fishing experience.

Also in the exhibition, entitled Wandering and Meandering, the gallery will feature vintage fishing memorabilia.

Cronje will be available to chat to people interested in her art on Sunday, September 24, from 11:30-1:30pm. Chocolate fish will be provided.

Gallery director Jenny Scown said the exhibition is also topical because election discussion has put a focus on cleaning up New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and other waterways.

“The trout, eels and other species that rely on healthy waterways have been declining for years with all the pollution from various human-related sources. Time to turn it around,” Scown said.

About Santie Cronje

Santie Cronje paints full time at her Cambridge studio.

Quiet contemplation

Originally from South Africa, she studied art at school and completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1994.

Her preferred medium is acrylic, with its quick drying times and low toxicity, and she uses thin layers and washes to create different moods and light effects.

Her narrative work is described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart”.

A love of the ocean, traveling and nature, and an earthy colour palette inspire her creations.

For more information visit Inspirit Gallery.

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