Outside the comfort zone

A new exhibition opening next Tuesday at Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery offers a challenge to artists to explore something new or pick up a creative thread from the past.

Out of Our Comfort Zone will present works by 15 Taranaki artists, and aims to showcase the diverse skills, strengths and scope of subjects and media they use.

"The title of the show, Out of Our Comfort Zone, presents the idea for artists to do just that - get out of their comfort zone," said curator, South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman.

"Artists will exhibit two works each; one in a style and medium typical and familiar of their work, and one that explores a new genre, challenging them to express themselves in a creative medium fresh to their everyday practice."

Artists featured in the exhibition are Anne Holliday, Antonia O'Mahony, Anna Korver, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Catherine Tamou, Cecilia Russell, Dale Copeland, Katey Pittwood, Katie Bayliss, Lisa Walsh, Mark Bellringer, Milarky, Paul Hutchinson and Steve Molloy.

The show is part of Te Ngira: New Zealand diversity action programme.

Works will include paintings, installations, ceramics, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage. All are welcome to attend the opening at 6pm on Tuesday, March 5.

The exhibition runs until April 1. Lysaght Watt Gallery is at 6 Union St, Hawera (beside the Hawera Town Square).

Taranaki Daily News