Lineup of little works

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 12:51 28/11/2012
Jane Evans
MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ

GOOD MIX: Artists Geoff Heath and Wanda Tait at the Rutherford Gallery.

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Sometimes it's the little things that count - something Rutherford Gallery owner Sue Taylor had in mind with her latest show.

The Littlies exhibition features works by Brian Strong, Lloyd Harwood, Nikki Huizinga, Wanda Tait, Geoffrey Heath and Keith Reed.

Their works are, as the exhibition name suggests, small. Mrs Taylor says they're also affordable, at less than $400 a pop.

"I was trying to get a collection of artists who I thought would be collectable and affordable," she says.

The artists were invited to create small works specifically for the show.

Mrs Taylor says she likes the "liquorice allsorts" nature of the display, which includes watercolours, oils and collages.

"I like the variety. I just think it makes things more interesting."

The exhibition runs until Christmas, and Mrs Taylor is offering a 30 per cent discount on frames for unframed works.

Tait's works are semi-abstract, and Mrs Taylor sings the 80-year-old's praises.

"She's incredibly modest, but she's an absolutely outstanding artist."

Tait says she works mainly in acrylics, enjoying the way they can be used thinly for a matt effect or extremely thick as an oil. She also enjoys creating collages using paper.

Heath has been busy in his Pohara studio this year, making up for lost ground after last December's devastating floods.

The former art teacher, who grew up in Nelson, moved to a boat-access only property in the Marlborough Sounds after teaching at the Christchurch College of Education in 1989.

He spent 16 years there, working as an artist fulltime, before moving to the Bay.

Heath says he usually does big oil paintings, but he did watercolours of Nelson scenes for the Littlies exhibition.

"They [watercolours] are very hard to do. If it goes wrong, you rip it up in disgust and start again. You have to have a lot of paper," he says.

Mrs Taylor is bringing in new artworks by sisters Michelle and Caroline Bellamy from December 1.

  • Littlies, Brian Strong, Lloyd Harwood, Nikki Huizinga, Wanda Tait, Geoffrey Heath and Keith Reed, Rutherford Gallery, Halifax St, Nelson, until Christmas.

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