A new exhibition Collections is on at the Lysaght Watt Gallery, curated by STDC Arts Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman. The exhibition runs from 9th August to 2nd September.

The exhibition shows five distinctly different collections by three private South Taranaki collectors.

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Portraits and Landscapes

An anonymous collector from Whanganui finds many of her treasures from around South Taranaki. She has a large collection of over a hundred paintings covering the walls of her home. Predominantly landscapes and portraits, her works shows a wide range of styles that reflect her love of the diverse New Zealand scenery and interesting faces.

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Bernard Aris – Paintings

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. Many of the works in this selection are borrowed from members of her family, as they all had a close personal connection with Aris.

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Mid Century Design

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.

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District Archives

A diverse collection from the archives at Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki. The Livingston Baker Archive and Reading Room contains a vast array of archives, maps, photographs, publications, films and videos. The unique archives collection relates directly to the families, histories and stories of the South Taranaki region.

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Gifted and Swapped

There is also a collection loaned by Michaela Stoneman and Kevin Murrow. The selection of artworks from their home collection have been either gifted to them or swapped with artist friends.

A curator talk at 5pm on Wednesday 23rd August will offer some insight into the collections. Refreshments will be available.