Art Beat

Painting contest winners

The Taranaki Society of Arts, Small Painting Awards 2012 have been judged by Yvonne Webber and Rae Van't Hof.

Fern Parmentier won the watercolour category, with Liz Bridgeman runner-up, followed by Shirley Peck (first merit) and Allie Croad (second merit).

In the mixed-media category, first prize went to Alana Clarke; second prize to Leila Hunter; while Jan Leighton (first), Dan Todd (second) and Joyce Young (third) picked up the merits. The awards were sponsored by Bookshop Gallery & Art Shop/ Egmont Gallery and supported by TSB Community Trust.

Kina back on show menu

It is time again for Kina's annual and much-anticipated 200x200mm exhibition, which opens on Friday at 5.30pm but has no formal closing date. Each work sells for $200.

Kina invites artists from around New Zealand to submit work for the show. They send each artist four boards, with restrictions on the presentation - no part of the work can exceed the perimeter of the block but 3-D is acceptable. The diversity and calibre of the works are astonishing.

Among this year's showing are ceramic artist Royce McGlashen, Taranaki-born Jordan Barnes and Mikaere Gardiner, who recently returned from Austria where he was an "artist in residence".

Studio opens in Hawera

A new art studio has opened in Hawera in a heritage building next to the BNZ Bank. The Cecilia Russell - Art Studio is at 77 Princes St, Hawera.

Russell specialises in figurative and abstract paintings, prints and the Lost for Words print series. The studio is open by appointment, so visitors are very welcome, but phone or email to arrange a suitable time.

Phone 06 278 3951 or 027 255 4335 or email Visit her website for further information.

Te reo and collage

Two exhibitions, The Art of Collage and Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tangata are running at Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki in Patea.

The first is a celebration of the collage artform. Every year collage artists from around the world each send 13 of their collage artworks to New Zealand to be part of the International Collage Exhibition/Exchange.

Taranaki's distinctive reo will be on show in Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tangata, which features writing from three of Taranaki's leading 19th-century chiefs, along with historical manuscripts and events to introduce newcomers to the Taranaki dialect.

Both exhibitions run until January 11.

Inviting show

The exhibition, Plus One, has opened at PTO Gallery in Eltham and runs until December 23.

Six invited artists have each invited an artist of their choice to exhibit in this year-ender.

Artists are Maree Horner, Catherine Macdonald, Frances Stahl, Louise Rive, Marianne Muggeridge, Katey Pittwood, Katie Baylis, Anna Korver, Michaela Stoneman, Beck White, Angela McAlpine and Catherine Tamou.

Visit for more information.

Irish connection

The December exhibition on the Virtual Tart website is hands across the sea, with art from Annais Allen of New Zealand, Rob Bradwell of Ireland and Fiona Hopkins, also of Ireland.

About three weeks remain if you want to send an image to be part of the Exhibit No Fear show online in January. A book will be produced showing all the submissions. Details are on the Tart site.

Dance extravaganza

The Val Deakin Dance School (not Dance Theatre) will hold its annual Dance School Recital at the Val Deakin Dance Centre, 306 St Aubyn St, New Plymouth, on Saturday at 1pm and 3pm and Sunday at 1pm.

Students from New Plymouth, Oakura and Hawera, aged 5 through to adults, will perform in the recital which includes ballet, jazz, modern, character and tap dances. Tickets may be bought in advance by phoning 752 7743 (after 9.30am) or at the door (no eftpos).

Harrisment cast named

Hawera Repertory has announced the cast for Harrisment. A presentation of three one-act plays written by Richard Harris, it is directed by Shane Martin and Hollie Weir.

Linda Jefferies and Mike Avery will perform Plaster; Samantha Turner, Keeping Mum; and David Rei Miller, Clive Cullen and Donnella Weir, Albert. The proposed playing dates for Harrisment are March 2 to 9.

Taranaki Daily News