The Guild of Woodworkers, Wellington, Inc – Turning Plus
3 Nov – 3 Dec 2017
The Guild of Woodworkers, Wellington, Inc. are mounting their biannual exhibition of Guild members work. This exhibition will feature a wide range of art by wood turners, carvers, furniture makers and musical instrument makers. Several of the artists are New Zealand experts in their field, including winners of several national competitions.
The Guild will also be hosting a hand-on Festival of Woodskills on the 11th to 12th of November. This exciting festival will have a range of activities for families including a spinning top and marshmallow catapulting completion. See our Facebook events page for more details.
Hats by Liza Foreman
13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017
Wellington milliner Liza Foreman would like women to rediscover the pleasure of donning a hat.
These days hats are objects that serve to beautify and embellish, making one feel good, whether you’re the observer of the spectacle or the wearer. What was once a social necessity is now an object of art and body adornment that makes a statement, gets attention and speaks of fun.
Liza has used various traditional millinery techniques with feathers, silks, lace and vintage flowers to create a range of hats, fascinators, corsages and brooches. She focuses on vintage chic, cool elegance and wearability. Her use of summer colours complements the racing and wedding season with oranges, yellows and soft pinks.
CLIVE KELLY – Approaching the Narrows
13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017
Clive Kelly’s recent series of paintings demonstrate his long held fascination with contrasts of surface and depth, stillness and movement and the joint themes of containment and protection. These works explore the spiritual beauty and turbulent history of the confiscated lands of Te Urewera, the turangawaewae of the Tῡhoe people, an area crisscrossed by the tracks of missionaries, troops and European settlers for the last 200 years. The Narrows is a geographical feature on Lake Waikaremoana.
FRONTLINES: From Porirua to Passchendaele
29 Sep – 29 Oct 2017
A hundred years ago in October, many men from the Porirua District were involved in the muddy horrors of WW1 battles in France and Belgium— including Passchendaele — the greatest loss of life in one day in New Zealand’s history. This exhibition discovers and remembers the local lads who served at the Western Front from 1916-1918. We also remember the families back on the Home Front who waited anxiously for news and kept the home fires burning and the home farms working.
Sharon Painter-Arps – Unwearable Art
1 Sep – 8 Oct 2017
Unwearable Art is a personal commentary on the extremes women put themselves through to be attractive and socially acceptable. Sharon’s earlier work which focused on cross culture and social identity gives background to her later work with addresses the current fashion for high heels which has the wearer teetering on the tips of their toes, the wearing of fake finger nails and false eyelashes. These items fashioned in stone take on a whole new meaning and speak of the discomfort and difficulty in wearing.