Artists back in business after festive break

New Plymouth's Real TArt Gallery artists have settled back into work after the holiday season.

New works are in from Henriette Reason, Sue Walton, Norman Riley and other local artists.

The gallery has received some outstanding pottery pieces which are attracting a lot of attention. Brenda Cash has had a great response to her exhibition Blue Skies. Proceeds from this exhibition are going to Rahotu schoolboy CJ Tamaaru who has a serious liver condition.

Established Taranaki artist Rae Van't Hof has a solo exhibition this month featuring smaller works.

Shewry show

The February exhibitor at New Plymouth's Kina NZ Design + Art Space is John Shewry, a local artist living in Oakura.

Some may remember him being featured in the Taranaki Daily News last year with his tin stag. This piece will be in Kina's exhibition and is a visual drawcard.

Shewry's artwork is an eclectic collection of media which is colourful, thought provoking and emotional. He uses the conception of news combined with history and politics to make bold statements that often challenge the viewer's perception.

He has no worries about offending his audience and wants the viewer to be challenged and often pushed out of their comfort zone. John is well known for his use of metals, tin work and also plastic media. This exhibition, called Moment, is small. It opens at 5pm on Friday and runs until March 13.

Taranaki Daily News