Lysaght Watt Gallery
September Update 2023
Deb Williams is a contemporary fine artist working in a variety of mediums.
She paints sea, landscapes and human forms semi- abstracted- in acrylic, oil and encaustic mediums.
Deb loves bold colour and energy in her works. She describes herself as a colourist- and uses a lot of texture and paint on her canvases!
She strives for her work to show emotion, passion and movement, using distortion and mark making.
Deb moved a couple of years ago from a farm in Canterbury- big skies and nor westers, the Alps and Pegasus Bay- to Taranaki. Here she has become intrigued by the native bush, the moody West Coast weather and of course Maunga Taranaki. She has left behind her cows and horses and she is now able to indulge in her passion for walking in storms on the beach with her camera and her dogs. Though the cows still feature sometimes of course!
Deb has been working on a series of New Zealand waterfall paintings during the last year. Waterfalls are incredibly soothing and spiritual- both calming and energetic. Her waterfalls and cascades are based loosely on New Zealand scenes - either sent to her from waterfall hunting friends, or hiked to, and photographed herself. She then distorts these to keep the essence of the scene - and often she says - her brush just goes wild!
Opening Event - Deb Williams "Are We There Yet"
Sunday, Sep 17, 2023, 03:00 PM
Lysaght Watt Gallery Union Street, Hāwera, New Zealand
Taranaki National Art Awards 2023
Entries are open for this annual national visual arts competition – the 21st year of this iconic annual event, held in Ōpunakē.
Cash prizes are offered in seven categories:
Works on Paper
Please share to your networks - particularly for the Tō Taranakitanga section, for Māori artists who whakapapa to Taranaki iwi.
Entry is $25 per artwork; artists can only enter each category once but can enter up to three categories. Artists can enter online.
Judges for 2023 are Dr Zara Stanhope, Director Govett Brewster Art Gallery in Ngāmotu New Plymouth and Professor Robert Jahnke, Head of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University, Papaioea Palmerston North. More details on the website.
This long-standing event would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and the Ōpunakē community. All entries are displayed in the exhibition and most works are for sale, offering a unique opportunity to purchase original artworks. The exhibition coincides with the region's 10-day garden festivals and the Taranaki Arts Trail. Check for event updates and news on Facebook.
Please visit the website to find out more and to enter: www.taranakiartawards.co.nz
Friday, Sep 15, 2023, 07:00 PM
Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration Events Centre Tasman Street, Ōpunake, New Zealand
Sue Baker's outgoing exhibition 'On a Creative Journey' was her first exhibition and showcased a wide exploration of subject matter and media. Sue shared the gallery space with students from the South Taranaki Creative Space 'Creative Inclusion Classes' who were under the guidance of her and sister Erryn Wilcox.
The images below are from the opening of that exhibition on the 21st August.
Kathy Cooper stands in front of her artworks
Sue explained that Kathy was only ever painting Christmas Trees and now she is exploring other subjects.