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A Matter of Debate, Beverly Claridge

Oil on Board, warratah, gilding, copper wire,  430 x 1200 mm


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beverlyclaridge
Member
Female
About Me

I'm Beverly Claridge and I have a real passion for seeing the Great South become the best place possible in which to create and experience visual arts.



In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Co-Founder of Great South Professional Artists Association

In 2011 I opened my studio for art classes.

I am a visionary surrealist working with oil on board for many of my works;  also I create mixed media abstracts from using found objects.


Ben Christensen
Member
Male
41 years old
About Me

From leaving school I ventured into the world of glass design and construction, gaining the qualification of a New Zealand Flat Glass Trade Certificate.

Having an artistic mindset led me to using the product to create an extensive range of designer glass works over the span of fifteen years.

Following the experience in the glass industry I returned to full time study for five years to gain a Diploma in Architectural Design and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Arts.

Academic study has given me a passion for modern technology. Coupling this passion with an understanding of the ancient product of glass, I am investigating the potential of glass in the sculptural field. Areas of focus at present are light reflection, refraction and projection.

I also enjoy drawing, painting, graphic design and photography.

To view a portfolio of my art works visit the following link.

www.flickr.com/photos/ben_Christensen 

You can contact me by email at [email protected] 


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Sculpture, graphic design, etc....


Kate Morrison
Member
Female

Tanya Dee
Member
Female

angela burns
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me

DipFA BA art history dip tchg

currently continuing painting practice while combining full time work in a family business and occaisonal relief teaching  currently exhibiting at the MORAY GALLERY princes street Dunedin


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

painting


Pauline Nicholson
Member
Female
About Me

I live in Manapouri.  I'm married and we have one son.  I'm involved in local theatre with the Fiordland Players on the committee and as a performer.

I am also a member of the  Beehive Arts and Crafts group in Manapouri, and the Fiordland Arts Society.




In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I love working with beaded jewelery.  I began a couple of years a go and started selling.  Recently I've started doing repairs for people. 




EvieMcS
Member
Female
34 years old
About Me

I love to paint and sketch. Tamara De Lempicka, an unjustly forgotten artist is my muse.


My favourite things to paint are figures of women wearing dresses. I collect fashion magazines and covet any dress with beautiful folds that create contrasts.


I also like to sketch faces. The best faces to sketch are wrinkled ones - fantastic tones.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I love using acrylic paints. My favourite tool to use is my hairdryer. I can't be without it. I also go through tonnes of black, white and skin coloured paint. I love my chalk pencil too. I can't paint without music. Music really helps me concentrate on what I'm doing. The best music to paint to is Coldplay, Roy Orbison, Tori Amos and any musical.


I also paint fast. These days I'm so busy that I don't have time to muck around!


Here is my Facebook page. Feel free to join.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-by-Eve-McSoriley/282765431845?v=photos#!/pages/Art-by-Eve-McSoriley/282765431845?ref=ts


Jill Nicholls
Member
Female
74 years old
About Me

Since my grandmother taught me to knit before I started school I have always had busy hands and a mind seeking the new and refining the known.

 My large weaving studio ran from 1977 until recently when I set up the Something Special Gallery in Riverton.

 

Undertaking the Diploma in Art/craft  Design at Christchurch Polytechnic from 1988-91 gave me a broad experience of a range of crafts. Followed by a B.Sc in Geology with a Philosophy of Art paper thrown in 1995-8, has given me the the technical background for my passion for clay which I am at last following!

 I believe strongly that real art and craft are vital to the wellbeing of humankind. It seems unfortunate that commercial considerations blur the margins of what is good art and what has been 'sold' as good. Much of what I see today has been made primarily to sell, not for the challenge and the joy of masterful creation.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Both as a gallery owner and a potter.


Lynley Brownridge
Member
About Me

 

 I work in a wide range of  media.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Photography, painting and sculpture.  


Marion Metz
Member
Female
About Me

Marion creates different kinds of artwork, with jewellery and photography being her main focus.

She also creates mosaics with a variety of materials.

In 2007 her gift cards were sold at the Kapa Design Gallery in Queenstown.

From 2008 until 2010 Marion's necklaces and mosaics were sold exclusively at the Something Special Gallery and Gift Shop in Riverton.

Now Marion's work can be found in various Galleries and Exhibitions, and on her website www.marionnz.co.nz


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Wire work, Photography, Mosaics


Michelle Dawson
Member
Female
46 years old
About Me

Heres my blog containing some of my recent work- http://michelledawson70.blogspot.com/

Born in Wellington, schooled on the West Coast and adopted by Southland. My blood line is Waikawa Marae in Picton (Te Atiawa) and my father was a Maori carver. I'm a painter, using mostly acrylic and mixed media, occasionally doing portraits in oil and I dabble in small scale sculpture.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I co-founded an art studio for people with disabilites 7 years ago called C.S. Art. We have just finished an exhibition at the Community Gallery at the Southland Museum where 25 artists exhibited (likely next exhibition same venue in 2012). I also work for Southland Education as an art tutor with the adult program on Esk St and the Kidzart program in the school holidays.


Rhonda Hall
Member
Female
About Me


Kathryn Bennie
Member
Female
About Me

Landscapes, wild New Zealand coastal scenes, native bush, high country tussock, stockmen, horses, mountains ... if it's remote & rural I love it. Only now, after many years & a 'herd of kids' have I decided to pick up a paint brush. What more can I say than I love it, I am getting great enjoyment & pleasure from painting. I am learning heaps & painting a great variety of subjects. 

I regularly attend the Wayne Edgerton Borland Lodge art weekends & find these very rewarding. Not only do I gain valuable tuition from a very talented artist but I very much enjoy chatting &  mixing with like minded people. Next one is mid July.

I am currently preparing for my next exhibition where I team up with fellow artist Helen Scott for "Off The Brush". This will be at the City Gallery in Invercargill from the 31 Ausust to the 21st September.

If you are in Bluff, pop into The Lighthouse Gallery & check out some of my works. 




In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Oils is my medium of choice just now although I am keen to explore water colour & pastels in the future. 


Lynn Taylor
Member
Female
About Me

I am hoping I can squeeze into being a member - despite being on the rim of the membership area - I live just out of Dunedin at Portobello. (But did my time teaching in Winton and teaching art at Longford Intermediate, Gore, many years ago so Southland always feel close to heart!)


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I am primarily a printmaker and am attracted to working with processes that utilise light in the processing - photopolymer plate, cyanotypes, laser cutting and photostencil screenprinting. My art work is research based - usually with historical and nautical flavours. I teach alongside my making and some of my updates can be seen on my blog http://lynn-taylor.blogspot.com/  or facebook page http://www.facebook.com/lynntaylorartist


Nicole O'Connor
Member
Female
52 years old
About Me

I have recently returned to ART full time - I am doing what I love the most - being creative. I was a Zimbabwe Bird, but am now a Kiwi Chick. Have had lessons from well established artists, but love experimenting with various mediums and techniques.

* Have had three pictures published for puzzles.

* Have written and illustrated two children's books.

* Have sold artworks for cards.

* Have sold works in South Africa and New Zealand.

* Have decided to start something new... so stay tuned!

:)


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Experienced in watercolours, accrylic and oil.  Love oil the best! :)


Dawn Glynn
Member
Female
About Me

My work is about a show of warmth and understanding. 

A sensitive genuine engagement with the subject.

Each drawing and painting shows what I admire and love to share.

They reveal and confirm my experiences.

Show my discoveries and reflection.

My hope is that they engage the viewer.

Translating my thoughts and visions into paint is a most personal revelation

and always a challenge.




Caroline Holmes
Member
Female
65 years old
About Me



In which area of visual arts are you involved?

watercolours and pastel sketching


Gina van Wichen
Member
Female

Ange Verry
Member
Female
About Me

Hi,

Have just moved to Dipton (following my heart) after seven years as the Education Officer at the Lakes District Museum & Gallery, Lumsden. My new job is the part-time Arts Co-ordinator at Fusion Gallery, building on the fantastic work of Michelle Wallis & the NSCAI by developing the gallery further.

I love to live in a world surrounded by beautiful things and I love being able to share my skills and knowledge to enable others to appreciate the beauty around them. (My other great weakness is travel - I love it and it helps to satisfy my curiosity. That's me in the green jacket descending Mt Sinai!)

I'm looking forward to getting to know Southland artists through Fusion Gallery.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

With a severe lack of any artistic talent personally, I appreciate the skill involved in:

Painting, jewellery, sculpture, print-making, photography, textiles, industrial design, typography, fashion and any other creative medium you can think of...


ellie
Member
Female
About Me

First year student in visual arts degree at SIT. Did you know there are 29 students in the year one class at SIT this year and a new drawing and painting suite is under construction there, opening in May?


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Studying drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, carving, photography, digital imaging and art history.

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