Our Collections exhibition, curated by Michaela Stoneman, was featured in the Taranaki Daily News and Taranaki Star this week. “Bits and pieces from people’s homes are the basis of a new art exhibition.” And there’s only 8 days left to go! Last day Saturday 2nd September.
The Lysaght Watt Gallery’s current exhibition Collections has come from local private collectors and archives and exhibition curator Michaela Stoneman said there was a large variety of art on display until September 2.
“The exhibition shows five distinctly different collections by three private South collectors, one from Whanganui who collects many of her treasures from South Taranaki and the archive from Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki,” Stoneman said.
Linda Morrison from Tairoa Lodge in Hawera collects paintings by well known English-born painter Bernard Aris who spent most of his life in Taranaki.
Stoneman said many of the works in this selection were borrowed from members of her family because they all had a close personal connection with Aris.
“My husband Steve and I have always been interested in paintings of the mountain,” Morrison said. “We’ve always felt that Bernard Aris captured the shape so well and it looked so real and lifelike.”
Stoneman said another collector, who prefers to remain anonymous, has more than 100 paintings covering the walls of her home.
The works show a wide range of styles that reflect her love of the diverse New Zealand landscape and interesting faces.
She said she “finds treasures at galleries, art auctions” and in her travels.
Nicky Gerard collects mid-century fabrics and papers from auctions, op shops and specialty events like ‘Fabricabrac’.
The colours and patterns draw her in and she is constantly refining her collection.
“Colour is very important to me, it influences my mood,” Gerard said. “On a dreary day I can roll out a paper and the colours will enliven and entertain.”
Stoneman herself is another exhibitor who acquired her pieces from giving and swapping art work.
“This selection of works from our home collection have been either gifted to us or I have swapped with artist friends,” she said.
“Our collection of artwork reflects different times in our life together, places we have been and the wonderful people who we have the pleasure of knowing.”
The last collection comes from Livingston Baker Archive and Reading Room at Aotea Utanganui the Museum of South Taranaki.
The archives include archives, maps, photographs, publications, films and videos from a range of categories.