Hobbiton art at gallery

Tamahere’s Inspirit gallery will feature a magical exhibition of contemporary impressionist paintings of Hobbiton through the eyes of a highly regarded international artist in June.

Artist Kristen Olson Stone’s art is in the collection of former USA president Barack Obama and wife Michelle – just one of a long list of her achievements in the art world.

A visit to Hobbiton inspired Olson Stone, who is currently Auckland based, and she has created a beautiful collection of impressionist paintings of Hobbiton.

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Art gallery’s decade on show

Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery will celebrate 10 years of showcasing great New Zealand art and design in the Waikato during November.

In a special 10th Anniversary Exhibition from November 12, 10 artists who’ve each made a significant contribution to Inspirit will reflect on its development as a destination gallery over the last decade.

Ten years ago, photographer Jenny Scown, the owner and director of Inspirit Gallery, had a bold dream to build a spacious contemporary art gallery in her Tamahere backyard.

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On whimsy and fishing

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

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.

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Art under a big sky

The latest exhibition at Inspirit Gallery is Under A Big Sky, a solo exhibition by Katikati artist Liz Turnbull.
The works in the exhibition, which started today and runs until November 8, draw comparison with Monet and Turner, both of whom have influenced Turnbull’s art.
After very successful exhibitions at the New Zealand Artshow and the Christchurch Artshow, Turnbull has gained a loyal following.

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Inspired by nature

Two unique artists have come together for the first time to share new work inspired by nature with an exhibition at Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery.

Annemieke Farmilo works with raw pounamu (greenstone), glass and other natural materials; Fiona Kerr Gedson’s works are mainly crafted from pheasant, peacock and turkey feathers.

Their joint show, By Nature, is at the Pencarrow Rd gallery from Saturday, April 30.

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Happy Birthday Inspirit

Tamahere’s treasured Inspirit Gallery is celebrating its eighth birthday with what it does best – an exhibition.

The celebration will be marked with a collection of artworks by 20 of the outstanding New Zealand artists the gallery has represented over the last eight years.

“This exciting milestone exhibition reflects our philosophy of showcasing all creative mediums and representing emerging and established artists,” said owners Jenny Scown and Chris Kuggeleijn.

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Gallery draws Fieldays visitors

Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery is full to the brim with new art in time for the annual influx of visitors who combine their Fieldays’ pilgrimage with one to the gallery.

Inspirit, on Pencarrow Rd, is directly across the Waikato River from the Fieldays’ Mystery Creek site and themes its mid-year exhibitions with that of its giant agricultural show neighbour.

This year, Inspirit Gallery’s winter collection is titled, appropriately, Chill Factor, and includes the stunning ceramic owl sculptures of Masterton’s Sam Ludden.

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Gates open at exhibition

Push the latch, open the gate and you are somewhere else. The gate is a threshold to another world, either real or imaginary – Peter Parkinson

While installing a new creative gate for Tamahere’s Inspirit Gallery the discussion between artist Bruce Young and gallery owner Jenny Scown turned to the prospect of other people wanting one and the idea for the gallery’s latest exhibition was born.

Gates for a Landscape, a unique range of sculpted, steel gates, plus other sculptures by Young, opens on April 19 at the Pencarrow Rd gallery.

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Cricket artistry on local wicket

Tamahere has scored a cricket themed art exhibition which celebrates the ICC World Cup Cricket on now around the country.

Inspirit Gallery, in Pencarrow Rd, is the home of former New Zealand and Northern Districts cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn whose son Scott is also a talented cricketer.

Naturally, the pair’s wife and mother, Jenny Scown, the gallery’s director, has been inspired to stage an exhibition, fittingly titled Clean Bowled, which reflects her and other artists’ passion for the sport.

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Artist at the gate

In art, the term “medium” refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble, while Pablo Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror was rendered in oil paint on canvas.

Bruce Young’s current medium of choice is farm gates.

“It’s like a canvas for a painter,” the former Waikato Museum exhibitions officer says. “Its just another way and a means for me to explore ideas.”

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