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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
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
61 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


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.


Anna Claire
Administrator
Female
38 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


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

Kathryn Taiaroa
Member
Female
53 years old
About Me

http://katandadls.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post.html



If I was a painting..it would be one of myself in absence.There would be three beautiful children, a lovely man called gary who I am married to. A small dog named Mango, who is a Cairn Terrier, some chickens, cats and two pet rats. My day is primarily taken up with the care of these. There would be some paintbrushes, a computer, a Bible and a very large oven looming somewhere, as I do a lot of cooking. The painting would have alot of tropical plants and bright flowers. Plants with big leaves that capture rain.It would have some hearts and cowboy boots.


 



In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Painting 

Textiles

Writing


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
54 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! :)


Louise Craig
Member
Female
About Me

I believe the world needs Artists.  As artists, our lives have more meaning and passion when we are creative.

We have set up Hanan Gallery at 130 Dee Street, Invercargill, above the Arts Supplies shop. Later this year we will have another room open for artists to use. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

The gallery used to be the site of James’s Hanan’s "Temple of Arts and Science", in the 1880's, where he held lectures.

Hanan had painted the twelve signs of the zodiac, constellations and stars on the temples ceiling. He described it as a place for, “self instruction and lectures on the most valuable branches of knowledge”. Visitors were lectured on geology, mineralogy, anatomy and astronomy. These lectures were illustrated by Hanan’s diagrams and specimens. He was a visionary and a character for his time.

This is a little known slice of local art history we promote. We have secured an original painting of Hanan's from the 1880's which we are going to display. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 11.30 – 5.30pm. We are also open on request, please contact us on 931 0443 or [email protected]


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I enjoy painting, making jewellery, drawing, felting and writing poems.


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.




Gina van Wichen
Member
Female

DEBBIE BROWN
Member
Female
45 years old
About Me

HI,

I AM A MUM OF TWO WONDERFUL BOYS, JACK 10, HARRISON 6 AND MARRIED TO CLARKE BROWN, I WORK FROM HOME, SO I CAN BE THERE FOR THE BOYS WHEN NEEDED.

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A CREATIVE PERSON FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEBER.

I HAVE BEEN MAKING JEWELLERY FOR THE LAST 10YRS.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I AM CURRENTLY MAKING JEWELLERY, AND HAVE JUST STARTED TO DO THE ODD PAINTING....(ALOT OF WORK STILL TO GO).

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