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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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Dawn Barry
Member
Female
32 years old

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).


Allie Eagle
Member
Female
About Me

I  want to support the Great South Artist's Network>  Recently I came and taught a workshop with a group of artist's headed up by Beverly Claridge's inspired networking and hospitalilty.  I would like to encourage the formation of this network and the larger networks in New Zealand.  This network reminds me of the fledgling days of Artist Alliance in Auckland .   Over the years that  group of people has become a massively supportive network of artists students,teachers and supporters.  They publish stuff and have really made a huge difference to the artistic life and community in this country.  Kia Kaha Great South Artists network..  May many strong artists and teachers join your ranks!  From all over the country and indeed world!

 

 


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I am a visual artist with painting as my main concern.  I work pretty much full time as an artist. I suppliment my income with teaching art from time to time.  I am a communicator and travel to different locations and  do workshops every so often on a variety of things..including how we contextualize our art.  Life drawing, and working as a diarist with watercolour.  I like helping people sort out their best ideas and then work on a steady plan to implement doable exhibitions and exploits.


Kathryn Mitchell
Member
Female
About Me

I am currently resident in Invercargill. I moved here in March 2011 to tutor visual arts at SIT. Previous to this I was the Manager/Curator of the Ashburton Public Art Gallery (for six years). I completed  my BFA and MFA at the Otago School of Art, (Dunedin being my home town), and was involved with Gallery projects - Satellite Gallery and later Introspect Contemporary Art Space. I am really enjoying Invercargill and am happy to be back down South! The highlights of my time at SIT so far have been getting the Transition Gallery in the SIT Arcade back up and running and teaching professional practices to students across all levels - Foundation, Certificate and Degree. The tutors here in our department are also passionate about their work and  we are fortunate to be supported by the wider staff in what we do.

 


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Everythinger: Visual Arts Tutor, Gallery/Museum, Art Administration, Writer, Painter........ 


Mayhla Howells
Member
Female
63 years old

Jude
Member
Female
65 years old

Narene Lucas
Member
Female

Lisa Grace
Member
Female

Marimba
Member
Female

sandra sparrow
Member
Female
About Me

I have live in Manapouri since 1975. during that time I have belonged to the Local Spinning Group. Now belong to the new Beehive Arts & Crafts Group. My do knitting. Have done knitting orders for several years. Have had garment go all over the World.

I am now knitting hats for sale locally for tourists who need them on cold days.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Knitting or as I have heard it described as Wool Sculpture


DEOW
Member
Male
About Me

Deow

Born in the southernmost city of the world in the mid 1980’s.

Deow, like most artists, exhibited a passion for drawing and scribbling from infancy. Nurtured by an artistic family, and fired with a fierce competitive spirit, he still recalls that his yearning to excel pitted him in torrid combatative brawls with pens and pencils against his equally driven cousins

Adolescence was as troubled as anyone’s but he found a new sense of balance in a fate that took him to Anaheim, California. There, a vista of highway walls stretched in endless ribbons of graffiti across the landscape. Tenement blocks were carpet bombed with the unfettered outpourings of an unruly Californian Youth – soul and heartbeat and angst floated free as the air across the Californian landscape – a signature – a vibrant reminder that artistic expression is not content to subsist, diffidently within the breast but must sport and display itself before the eyes of the world.

As a child to its mother’s milk, Deow suckled on the artistic licence of the new land. As his passions inflamed, huge gaps appeared in local spray can stocks. Armed with little more than his expressive urge and an OLD ENGLISH calligraphy font, He brought an antipodean idiom to the Los Angeles streets. His mark lingers there still – in places possible and impossible to reach.

Deow returned to New Zealand possessed by a demonic urge to smother gray, lifeless, urban walls with hues and colours and the stuff of life. As the Californians pondered the mystery of his lingering idioms in Los Angeles, Deow splashed his mark across the dusty old walls of Southland and Otago. He layered the grime of centuries with the sparkle of new life and now apologises for any coronaries that the makeover caused the more conservative beneficiaries of his noble and gratuitous art.

From then to now is but a whisper of breath - the heady anarchic days of youth are now tempered by the years; the outpourings mellowed by the experience and joy of life. Expression has taken on a new life, legitimacy and a new currency of meaning. His graffiti and street Art has found its way into the mainstream. Launched with a solo exhibition billed as Art of Fact, Deow has rehabilitated the raw rebellion of the streets into legitimate expression of soul and heart. He now teaches Art at the YMCA to young people with the same urgings as his own youth. So whilst he has the respectability of exhibiting with Southland’s best artists in the Annual Spring Exhibition , he also, now, brings an empathy to his classroom, encouraging and guiding and nurturing the creative spirit of youth

When he is not teaching or doing commissions or working collaboratively, Deow fills his days with custom painting surf boards, design work, street style art and canvass work. The rest of his days, and many of his nights, he will indulge his other passion – surfing. For Deow, the sea is yet another canvas on which to express himself. He etches his way down the smooth faces and splashes and swirls through the spume, creating patterns and forms to tantalise with a mere whisper of existence. Who knows, perhaps these images filter through to the sub conscious mind and emerge, unbidden, into the oils and the brush stroke. Perhaps, when we see Deow riding the waves along the Southern Coastline we are watching the birth of another artwork.



Jane McCulla
Member
Female
About Me

I have recently moved to Riverton, New Zealand, from Northern Ireland and have set up a home-based studio to practise my ceramics. I have worked with clay over the past nine years and graduated with a first class BA Hons Degree in Fine & Applied Art, specializing in Ceramics, from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have exhibited my ceramic pieces in London, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and have also undertaken commission work for government bodies and private clients.

 

My main inspiration is man's mark on the environment and the physical earth's surface. Patterns are taken from multiple sources: arial imagery of the earth, foot prints or  archaelogical drawings and further traces of man's presence. I am in awe of nature, the rhythms and cycles of life on earth and man's place in it. I usually work, creating series of thrown or hand built vessel forms, celebrating clay, the earth's most fundamental material.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

Ceramic sculptural work, mostly vessels. I also undertake ceramic workshops and give talks about my ceramic work and  experience working as a ceramic artist. I have also performed public workshops with school children, working with environmental art and site specific Land Art.


Gael Ramsay
Member
Female

Greenwitch
Member
Female
About Me

I am 53 years old and live in Lawrence Otago. I am not an artist just a lover of art.

I am also chairperson of our local museum who are running the "Arty Goldpan' Exhibition (see "what's on" for details



chris flavell
Member
Male
About Me

i love 2 paint.it takes me into another place were ime free from contact with reality or the presant.its like dreaming with my eyes open.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

emotional art.


Chris Mclachlan
Member
Female
About Me

Hi, I am  the mother of three and Grandmother of two.  I live on an acre at Otatara, which houses 2 lambs, a Golden Retriever, 1 Black Cat and or course.. 11 chickens that provide my family plus others beautiful free-range eggs.

 

 


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I have always been Arty-Crafty and have done many short courses over the years, including.......Pottery, Airbrush painting, Lead-light,  Mosaic, Jewellry crafting.

Now with more time on my hands I have takin up Painting again. Using mainly acrylic as a medium.   


Maria Lindsay
Member
Female
53 years old

kip brook
Member
Male
About Me

I manage artists.

I provide nationwide publicity.

 

www.wordofmouthnz.com

 


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

media - management


kate butler
Member
Female
67 years old
About Me

I have just graduated from Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Visual Arts.  I am just about to go back to school for 2010 to do the honours part of the programme so all very exciting.


In which area of visual arts are you involved?

I am a mixed media artist and I work between jewellery (my major) and textiles.


Claire Beynon
Member
Female

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