Artistry all in the family

by Andy Bryenton

Selwyn Gallery is celebrating the ties that bind and the power of creativity this year with the launch of A Family Affair, an exhibition of painting and woodwork by two couples: Lyn and Gray Leonard, and Ruth and Ian Warren.

Lyn Leonard’s paintings reflect a love of the New Zealand countryside, depicting our unique flora and fauna – especially our birdlife – through the medium of oils. Gray Leonard chose pottery and his work has won awards at the former Fletcher Brownbuilt national exhibition. They’ll bring an eclectic mix of works to the exhibition across varied media.

Ruth Warren has been involved with the arts as both an organiser – working tirelessly with the Malvern Community Arts Council – and as an accomplished two-dimensional artist in her own right. Ruth has works in public collections in Japan and China, and in private collections in many other countries. Meanwhile, Ian Warren began his ‘first year of official retirement’ by purchasing a wood lathe on Trade Me. Some research turned up the Christchurch Woodturners Association, which offered a Certificate in Woodturning course. After three years of attending monthly sessions he qualified for the certificate. Together, they too span two- and three-dimensional forms of expression to bring a unique aspect to this exhibition.

Selwyn Gallery invites you to visit A Family Affair from 10am to 4pm, February 2 to March 3, for an insight into the creative talents of these four skilled local artists. A show programme will be available from the gallery.