Waimak artists to exhibit in Darfield

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For its August exhibition, the Selwyn Gallery has reached outside the district to invite some of its neighbours north of the Waimakariri River to exhibit their work.

The artworks range from watercolours to mixed media to pottery — with potter Gael Abraham along with artists Quilliam Collister, Frederika Ernsten and Paul Smith exhibiting their work.

Malvern Community Arts Council arts coordinator, Katrina Ellis, said the exhibition, entitled Our Waimak Neighbours promises a wide variety of subjects for the viewer.

“Gael Abraham started pottery in 2003 with the Mount Pleasant Pottery group, and loves the range and scale that can be achieved at the potter’s wheel,” Ms Ellis said. 

“Quilliam Collister has worked in pencil and pen and ink for more than 30 years, gradually converting to watercolour over this period.

“Frederika Ernsten has been active as an artist, gallery manager and teacher and her main interest is the use of colour, form and function in domestic pieces that people enjoy using.”

Ms Ernsten’s work is shown in many public and private collections, including in embassies in Brussels and Tokyo, and has been selected as presents to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Christchurch’s sister city, Kurashiki in Japan.

Meanwhile, Paul Smith’s distinctive mixed media abstract art has won many awards, and he has completed several successful commissions. His large, colourful works can be found in businesses, show homes and private residences.

Selwyn Gallery will be open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 4pm for the duration of the show. A show programme will be available from the gallery and for more go to the gallery Facebook page facebook.com/selwynartgallerynz.