Bold new show for Nelson Suter Art Society

Nelson Suter Art Society secretary, Kate Coote, and president Larisse Hall, viewed through a fused glass work by Roz ...

Nelson Suter Art Society secretary, Kate Coote, and president Larisse Hall, viewed through a fused glass work by Roz Spiers at the NSAS Autumn Exhibition.

The Nelson Suter Art Society has opened the Autumn Exhibition, with guest artist Derek Ball, reports Judith Ritchie.

Autumn Exhibition opened last night at the Suter Art Gallery featuring selected works by Nelson Suter Art Society (NSAS) members, as well as work by guest artist contemporary sculptor, Derek Ball.

For the first time, the NSAS  Autumn and Spring exhibitions have the use of the adjacent Potton Gallery, giving more space for larger works. The hallway outside the Education Room also has smaller works on show. 

Guest artist Derek Ball with some of his works in the Nelson Suter Art Society Autumn Exhibition.

Guest artist Derek Ball with some of his works in the Nelson Suter Art Society Autumn Exhibition.

Newly elected president, light artist Larisse Hall, has taken over the helm from outgoing president Nick Duncan. There are also some fresh faces on the NSAS committee, who with Hall, come with bold ideas for the future.

"I've been impressed with the NSAS and as an artist the society has supported me for the past ten years, with exhibitions, critique sessions and friendships from meeting people," says Hall. "Becoming president means I can help maintain that for future artists and grow the profile of the society."

The society aims to maintain quality through a rigorous selection process, while encouraging more artists in the region to join. Each year the members have two group shows, Spring and Autumn, with a Christmas show for members as well as numerous solo and small group shows.

"We aim to attract more new artists and improve the society's image as a place to exhibit while keeping a high standard for the public to see," says Hall. "Also to invite the public to visit and see our shows, like this one within the new purpose-built McKee Gallery and extending out into the Potton Gallery."

There are many established artists who are already members, with the committee working towards attracting more artists, graduates and supporters. 

Artists in the Autumn Exhibition  include realist painter/mural artist Jeff Noble, realism painter Sean Garwood, fused glass artists  Roz Spiers and Lynn Price, painters Lisa Chandlar, Ann Braunsteiner, Francie Heathfield, Julie Stewart, Peter Copp, Kay Cederman, Robert Thompson and Philippa Eberlein.

Also in the show, textile artist Rowena Lukomska, steel artist Ken Laws, pastel painter Barbara Franklet wood artist Murray Dill, ceramic artist Erica Aupperle and printmaker Kathy Reilly.

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Guest artist Derek Ball has a long history as a sculptor, initially making kinetic works, then creating cast landscape forms using resins. When working as Head of Sculpture at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art between 1977 and 2002,  he developed a broadly based studio programme. This included designing and building specialist facilities for vacuum forming, bronze founding and equipment for ceramic shell lost wax metal casting.

After 25 years of teaching and with family grown up, Ball and his wife Gay relocated to Mapua. His current works, exploring our experience of the landscape, are made from cast and coloured resins and vacuum formed plastics. 

He will give a floor talk on Saturday March 18 at 2pm.

Ball uses the versatility of cast resin to replicate our experience of the landscape in three-dimensions as compared with the two-dimensional view of painters and photographers. His works in the exhibition, Wither Hills and Hamner, are cast in resin appearing as three dimensional landscapes. A four part series, Sand Patterns, are vacuum formed from moulds of sand patterns from the beach, framed in aluminium.

"Resin can be dyed and pigmented, to provide the full range from transparency to opacity and is a particularly appropriate vehicle for expressing our environment of air, light, colour and form," says Ball.

Autumn Exhibition, NSAS members exhibition, guest artist Derek Ball, McKee Gallery and Potton Gallery, the Suter Art Gallery, 208 Bridge St, Nelson, to March 26 . Derek Ball floor talk Saturday March 18, 2pm, all welcome. 


 - Stuff


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