Gallery has (almost) everything on display

Michaela Stoneman beside her Wai Wairua Series prints at the opening of her exhibition 'The Nun and the Poet: Jerusalem' ...

Michaela Stoneman beside her Wai Wairua Series prints at the opening of her exhibition 'The Nun and the Poet: Jerusalem' which runs until October 15.

Poetry, prints, furniture and more are on display at a diverse local gallery.

The Percy Thomson gallery now has two new exhibitions on display - one showcasing a town, and the other, furniture. 

Geoffrey Young's Bespoke is an exhibition made up of his furniture. 

Gallery director Rhonda Bunyan said Young visualises pieces and then he sketches.

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"His form and his precision and the angles of his furniture reminds me a little bit of Scandinavian furniture," she said.  "His finishing is absolutely incredible." 

Young said he  drew in his sketch books every day with a black ballpoint pen. 

"This way you cannot erase mistakes. There are no mistakes only ideas that evolve into generated pieces," he said. 

Young then creates his pieces by cutting the wood and creating a natural feel for the form of the object. 

He said he liked to work with not everyday timber. 

"Rimu or pine, NZ tawa, maple, ash, Australian blackwood, to name a few, are a pleasure to work with as they hold their edge better for my detailed designs," he said.

"My designs are an attempt to show dynamism in form, energy, power and grace exalted in movement."

Michaela Stoneman, with The Nun and The Poet: Jerusalem explores her time in Jerusalem or Hiruharama.

Bunyan said Stoneman had a couple of retreats up the Whanganui river, and both times was there by herself. 

"What was born out of her time up there was this lovely exhibition, she's got prints, she's got poetry," she said.

"It's going to be really nice." 

Stoneman explained her exhibition as "a body of printmaking works reflecting personal philosophies based on research and residency at the old convent in Jerusalem/Hiruharama. I aimed to create evocative images, conveying a mood or feeling. " 

The two new exhibitions have joined another two at the Percy Thomson Gallery.

There are a series of photographs by Brian Brake called Lens on China and Japan

Another exhibition is Purely Pastel, which is made up of works by Taranaki pastel artists. 

All exhibitions are on display until October 15. 

Bunyan said the gallery had about 16 exhibitions a year - right through from national exhibitions from Te Papa to grass roots, kids exhibitions. 

"There's never a dull moment really." 



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