Local artists use art to illustrate diversity

An article about our current Diverse Locals exhibitition – by Kris Boult on Stuff.co.nz.

Closer by Paul Hutchinson from Puniho (Oil on Board)

A new exhibition showcases a range of South Taranaki visual artists.

The Diverse Locals exhibit, at Hāwera’s Lysaght Watt Gallery, runs until March 29 and brings together the work of 45 artists with the aim to promote the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator and exhibition curator Michaela Stoneman said they had not had an exhibition from them for a few years and there were some amazing people doing great things.

“By showcasing this work we’ll hopefully change local peoples perceptions of the creativity and artistic output we have in South Taranaki,” she said.

“We have a very clever bunch of artists working in our communities. I’m constantly blown away by their commitment, their contribution to our social framework and the vast range of skills they demonstrate through their work..”

Works include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage and feature artists from all areas of the South Taranaki district, including Waverley, Oeo, Warea, Ohawe, Patea, Opunake, Hawera, Eltham, Pungarehu and Whenuakura.

Stoneman said visual art could show a lot about identity and could help define who we were and how we responded to where we live.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it all works together and seeing some of the relationships that make the work South Taranaki,” she said.

South Taranaki has attracted a lot of new artists to the area so there will be a good mix of emerging as well as established artists work on display.

“There will be a lot of new work for people to see and some artists had even done work specifically for this exhibition,” Stoneman said.

Stoneman was encouraging people to come to the exhibition opening on March 6 at 6pm and to meet some of the artists and get a first hand account of their work.

“Every piece of work has a back story which is really interesting to hear.”

The South Taranaki artists featured in the exhibition are: Aaron Tippett, Barbara Clegg, Beck White, Bianca Mitchell, Bonita Bigham, Bonnie McIntee, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Cath Sheard, Cherie Do Vale, Cecilia Russell, Celeste & Mike Cole, Claire Jensen, Claire Whiston, Dale Copeland, Dimmie Danielewski, Dora Baker, Erryn Willcox, Errin Rita, Gabrielle Belz, Gaby Mullholland, Gail Thompson, Jennifer Laracy, Jimi Walsh, Jonny de Painter, Karen Dey, Lisa Walsh, Maree Liddington, Maree Stowe, Marianne Muggeridge, Mark Bellringer, Milli Purpil, Myfanwy Morris, Nicky Gray, Paul Burgham, Paul Hutchinson, Philip Nuku, Puhu Nuku, Rachael Johnson, Rhegan Brooks, Roger Morris, Scott Hayman, Terry Ashford and Viv Davy.

Source: Local artists use diversity to illustrate diversity | by KRIS BOULT, Stuff.co.nz, 11:50am March 6 2018