Gallery hosts first exhibition

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn’s newest art gallery, Lakeland Art, is to hold is first artists’ exhibition this month.

The exhibition at Lakeland Art in Leeston, which was opened by the Ellesmere Art Group Trust in May of this year, runs from September 15 through to October 19.

Entitled ‘Bush, Birds and Country’, the exhibition features the work of West Melton fusion photographer Sara-Jane Ludemann and Little River painter Straun Macdonald.

Ms Ludemann, who has previously exhibited her work at the Selwyn Art Gallery in Darfield, has been one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Lakeland Art gallery.

“I have been an amateur photographer since my early thirties and now I am retired I have taken this further with post production work on my images, which I like to refer to as ‘artistry beyond the lens’ or fusion photography,” she said.

She said much of her work focusses on animals and flowers.

The focus of much of Straun Macdonald’s work is on the natural environment.

“Mostly I’ve been interested in landscapes, particularly remote and solitary locations,” Mr Macdonald said.

“For me, painting is a way to combine creativity with my interest in tramping.

There is nothing like walking into a remote, beautiful location to gather ideas and take photographs for the next series of paintings.” The Lakeland Art gallery on High Street in Leeston will be open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, for the duration of the exhibition.