Art is for the birds in Darfield

by Anonymous Author

As part of its 20-year celebration, the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield has invited a group of artists who specialise in drawing, painting, and sculpting images of birds for its March exhibition. 

The ‘Birds of a Feather’ exhibition will feature work by six artists: Kate Beatty (painting), Blanche Fryer (ceramics), Galina Kim (painting), David Lloyd (copper sculpture), Katrina McGettigan (acrylics) and Henry Turner (oil pastels and watercolours).

“Looking back, our exhibitions featuring birds have always been well received,” Malvern Community Arts Council chairperson, Philip Baldwin said.

“So we are particularly pleased to feature this popular subject in a variety of artistic styles and media.”

Blanche Fryer, said the source of inspiration for many of her sculptures and paintings is the environment and the birds, animals, insects, and fish that we share it with.

“It is very much a topic we have all been concerned with lately, because of the results we see of poor and short-sighted land use and farming practices in New Zealand, and Canterbury in particular with the poor state of our lakes, rivers, creeks, springs, and aquifers.”

West Melton’s Henry Turner has been creating art since he was able to hold a pen or brush and works in pencil, charcoal, watercolour, and oil pastels.

He said he is passionate about environmental and conservation issues, and often uses the proceeds from art prizes and successful exhibitions to buy stoat traps to help save the birds he loves; including putting in a new trapping ‘fence’ line in the Bealey Valley in Arthur’s Pass.

The exhibition opened on March 2 and runs through to April 5. The Selwyn Gallery is open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 4pm for the exhibition.