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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
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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
43 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
60 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


EvieMcS
Member
Female
36 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


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Male

Jen Hung
Member
Female
About Me

I am a New Zealander originally from Taiwan.  Hard syones and jade carving Certificate from Tai Poutini Polytech in Greymouth. Before this, I have reserched  Art History for more than 10 years.    


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Mainly hard stones carving, but sometime, I do like to paint, and platting.    


Jill Nicholls
Member
Female
76 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.


Ash
Member
Male
60 years old
About Me

I have been into art since I was a kid. I have been to Art Schooland having a Dip of Craft Design from Christchurch Polytech. I currently work at Anderson Park Art Gallery which is great, working amongst an Art collection of National significance. Originally trained as a photographer in the New Zealand Airforce. I have moved back to Invercargill after a thirty year absence.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I work in acrylic paint and waterbased printing ink. Having picked up a cheap commercial pastry press from Todds Auctrion house I have converted it into a reasonable printing press . I am making collagraph prints at the moment and having alot of fun


Anna Claire
Administrator
Female
37 years old
About Me

I was raised in rural Western Southland, attended Southland Girls' High, then Otago Polytechnic to do a BFA, graduating  with a Jewellery major at  in 2001.  Since then I have been working part-time from my studio at home in Invercargill, along with raising my children.  I mostly work in sterling silver with natural stone elements.  I love the metalsmithing and the miniaturist aspects of Jewellery, it is a delight to craft my materials into an intimate, precious object that goes through life with its wearer.

At this stage in my career, I am beginning to develop my practice in a more serious way, putting am increasing amount of time into my jewellery work and seeking new opportunities to engage in the art world as a professional artist.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Contemporary Jewellery, Object Art, Metalsmithing.


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.  


Nicole.
Member
Female
30 years old
About Me


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
48 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.


Suzyq
Member
Female

Maree Beker
Member
Female
About Me

I LOVE to paint & create, 

I LIVE to paint & create,:)

I've studied, I've practiced, I've worked hard,

I BELIEVE  I can do most anything I set my mind to do

and if I don't know how to do...

 then I will try to learn to do.

THEN THERE ARE TIMES I JUST LEAVE

THE DOING TO THE EXPERTS!!

http/www.facebook.com/?sk=app_2309869772#!/Maree.Beker

you can find me at  MY STUDIO / GALLERY

'PUKEKO ALLEY  in FORTROSE

South Catlins just look for the

giant PUKEKO in the driveway.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?
 I PAINT...mostly... but have many different skills. 
 if someone asks me to make something, my mind 
races with ideas and solutions to design limitations
 and requirements.  cabbage trees  and vistas
 from around  South Catlins... my home..
 

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. 


Claire Worrall
Member
Female
49 years old

Caroline Holmes
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me



In which area of visual arts are you involved?

watercolours and pastel sketching

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