Colour Explosion, exhibition poster, Percy Thomson Gallery
Three exhibitions with vibrant energy and dazzling colour as their central theme open at Percy Thomson on Friday 14 October at 7pm.
Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters lead the charge with a group of 'challenges' under the umbrella 'Colour Explosion'.

This includes the Aotearoa Quilters' biennial travelling challenge exhibition, Flight, comprising 20 quilts. This was won by Jeanette Gillies, art quilt designer from Central Otago and twin sister of local textile artist Jennifer Patterson.

Local quilters have also risen to the challenge, creating 12 x 12 art quilts, 20 x 15 art quilts and a textile on canvas section. Most of these will be offered for sale.

'Come On Board with Textiles' was organized to give students, artists and the public an opportunity to show their creative and crafting skills by mounting on a framed canvas.

Taranaki ceramic artist Anthea Stayt is guest artist for TPQ. Her exhibition is titled 'Colour & Form'. The award-winning ceramicist has created a number of patchwork-style pieces especially for this exhibition.

Anthea creates original hand-built ceramic forms using stoneware paper clay.

Her forms are decoratively finished with layers of brushed on oils. By layering and painting in this manner, Anthea creates a unique finish to her bold and contemporary sculptural works of art.

The community gallery will host a collaborative exhibition by Auckland artist Nemesh and Taranaki potters Kathryn Gates and Barbara Nicholls. Born in Yugoslavia (Serbia), and now living in New Zealand, Vjekoslav Nemesh has been a professional artist since 1984.

Taranaki textile artist Jennifer Patterson, with mixed media art featuring kimono and cherry blossoms
Stratford textile artist, Jennifer Patterson, with her entry in the canvas challenge Kimono Festival.
He began drawing at an early age with an interest in comics, which progressed into more detailed and graphic representations. In his early twenties a schoolmate commissioned him to create a large oil painting, and that has been his choice of medium since.

Nemesh says the 'overwhelming magnificence of nature's creation inspires him to explore the depths of his soul, where conscious meets unconscious'.

Nemesh has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, USA and New Zealand.

Barbara Nicholls has been involved in pottery for the past 30 years. While keen on all facets of working with clay, Barbara relishes the energy and thought processes involved in wheel throwing.

Barbara focuses on glaze techniques and reduction firing in a gas kiln and is currently experimenting with porcelain and traditional style oriental reduction glazes, such as copper red and celadon.

Kathryn Gates first connected with clay more than 30 years ago when she attended classes in Invercargill. "I channel my creative energy by developing forms on the wheel, especially platters and bowls, using high-fired stoneware and porcelain clay bodies.

I particularly like working with porcelain, adding texture and colour." Kathryn decorates her work using Chinese-style glazes, and experiments with ash, copper and barium. Reduction firing in a gas kiln to a temperature of 1300°C creates a variety of effects and colours. The exhibition runs until 6 November.
Colour Explosion, Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters, Poster, Percy Thomson Gallery

Colour explosion
Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters including Aotearoa Quilters Flight Challenge.

14 October — 6 November

Imagination soars for quilt and textile exhibition

Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters will be exhibiting in the main gallery at Percy Thomson from Friday 14 October – Sunday 6 November, 2016.

Taranaki ceramic artist Anthea Stayt has been invited to exhibit with their show.

The community gallery will host a collaborative exhibition by Auckland artist Nemesh and Taranaki potters Kathryn Gates and Barbara Nicholls.

The Aotearoa Quilters' biennial travelling exhibition comprises 20 quilts each measuring 75 cm x 75 cm. Selections were made from 63 regional entries which were then judged to find a national winner and three merits.

Interpreting the theme of
Flight gave quilt artists plenty to think about especially when attempting to extend beyond the obvious. As a result, this exhibition demonstrates a broad range of subjects – birds, butterflies, dragonflies, planes, propellers and the not-so-obvious views over the tulips of Amsterdam, and the mysterious book interpretations such as Clare Smith's Revenge of the Birds: a 'Whodunnit?'

Jeanette Gillies of Wanaka produced the winning entry - a powerful, emotionally-charged quilt that leaves the viewer wanting answers to explain the reason for the note nailed on the door indicating that the owner has 'Gone'.

Complementing the Flight quilts, local quilters will also have current work on exhibition – 12 x 12 art quilts, 20 x 15 art quilts and a textile on canvas challenge. 'Come On Board with Textiles' was organized to give students, artists and the public an opportunity to participate in an exhibition with work for sale in a gallery setting.

Don't miss this feast of textile art and quilts.
Garden bricolage, by Taranaki artist Maree Rogers
Garden Bricolage by Maree Rogers
Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters
Canvas Challenge
$100

"Bricolage: using whatever materials that come to hand — very much what this piece is. I have incorporated several of the samples made in textile art class."
Pink textile art with Ojo de Dios, by Taranaki quilter Christine MacDonald
Christine Macdonald
Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters
Hot Pink 15 x 20 challenge
"Needle turn appliqué, machine appliqué, piecing, beading and weaving. A simple Mexican textile design and Gods Eyes 'Ojo de Dios'"
Dragonfly quilt, by New Zealand quilter Catherine Parkinson
Take your Dreams and Fly by Catherine Parkinson
Aotearoa Quilters Flight Challenge
$715
"Dragonflies are beautiful insects. They are the symbol of change. Make dreams, make changes and fly to new heights."
Textile art with circles and lines by Taranaki artist Val Warren
Perspective by Val Warren
Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters
12 x 12 challenge
Pink textile art
Pink textile art with flowers
Pink textile art
Pink textile art, with butterfly
Selection of art quilts in the 12x12 Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters Challenge
Selection of art quilts in the 12x12 Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters Challenge
Selection of art quilts in the 12x12 Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters Challenge
Jeanette Gillies, art quilt designer and maker.
Art quilt by Jeanette Gillies, with door
Winner of Aotearoa Quilters' 'Flight' challenge, Gone by Jeanette Gillies.

Meet the artist
Jeanette Gillies, art quilt designer and maker. Winner of Aotearoa Quilters challenge

Jeanette Gillies is winner of the 2016 Aotea Quilters' Flight Challenge. Her winning art quilt 'Gone' will be exhibited at the Taranaki Patchwork Quilter's exhibition from October 14 – November 6.

Jeanette have been quilting for over 35 years and says she is still passionate about this art form.

'My focus has developed into art quilts and I exhibit with a fibre art group called COOTS.

I also exhibit at the Wanaka Arts Society exhibitions.'

Jeanette prefers to dye her own fabrics and has recently been focusing on eco dyeing.

'Rusting' is also a favourite technique, as is the use of procein dyes for good colour.

Jeanette credits Central Otago region as her main source of inspiration, with its myriad of changing seasonal colours.

When she's not creating art quilts, Jeanette enjoys gardening, golf, bridge, biking and walking.

Colour and form
Anthea Stayt, ceramic artist.
Invited guest artist with Taranaki Patchworkers & Quilters

12 October — 6 November
Anthea Stayt lives in New Plymouth. She creates original hand-built ceramic forms using stoneware paper clay.

Starting out as a hobby ceramicist, Anthea became very skilful in the decorative finish of the pieces, often incorporating her own artwork. Wanting to develop her own ideas she was encouraged to attend pottery classes where she learned the various methods that enabled her to design, build and glaze her own clay forms.

With a vision of finishing the sculptures in a very individual and unique way, Anthea enrolled in an art class with international artist Vjekoslav Nemesh. Her intention of being able to combine both the skills of pottery and of painting.

Under the guidance of Nemesh she was taught to paint with oils onto canvas using his technique.

Anthea finally had the means to develop her own distinctive style – bold and contemporary sculptural clay forms that are decoratively finished with layers of brushed on oils.

By layering and painting in an abstract manner, Anthea creates a unique finish to her bold and contemporary sculptural works of art. Her work continues to evolve as new ideas are explored.

Anthea has participated in a number of exhibitions throughout New Zealand, and was a selected finalist in both the NZ Portage Awards and the Waiclay National Awards.

Anthea has participated in many solo and shared exhibitions including as a guest artist throughout New Zealand.

Colour for the soul
Namesh
Barbara Nicholls
Kathryn Gates

12 October — 6 November

Nemesh

Born in Yugoslavia (Serbia) and now living in New Zealand, Vjekoslav Nemesh has been a professional artist since 1984.

He began drawing at an early age with an interest in comics; which progressed into more detailed and graphic representations.

In his early twenties a schoolmate commissioned him to create a large oil painting, and that has been his choice of medium since.

Nemesh says the 'overwhelming magnificence of nature's creation inspires him to explore the depths of his soul, where conscious meets unconscious'.

Nemesh has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, USA and New Zealand and has works in several international collections.
"My art moves the boundaries of light and darkness…it grasps to reach that blurred distance of celestial mystery. You will experience a journey that heals the soul and challenges the mind.

What we paint is what we are. Our art is a reflection of our spiritual being. I would describe my art as a transfer of my feelings and emotions in a specific moment as inspiration to the surface of the canvas. Strong emotional moments are very important in this act of creation. If we think about physics and the structure of the atom, what the artist creates on the surface of the canvas is a whole new universe which vibrates with the energy the creator gave to it in the moment of creation. In this manner, the artist creates his whole new universe. Imagine how this artwork can vibrate if either love or anger was the feeling that the artist transferred onto canvas. Such vibrations attract people who have the same similar feelings and thoughts."
Nemesh has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, USA and New Zealand and has works in several international collections.

Barbara Nicholls
Studio potter

Barbara has been involved in pottery for the past 30 years.

While keen on all facets of working with clay, Barbara relishes the energy and thought processes involved in wheel throwing.
"I am interested in the form of a pot and have recently been inspired to look at a more contemporary approach using the bowl form as a sculptural expression."
Barbara focuses on glaze techniques and reduction firing in a gas kiln and is currently experimenting with porcelain and traditional style oriental reduction glazes such as copper red and celadon.

'I have developed my skills by attending polytechnic night classes, weekend workshops and summer schools.'

Barbara is a member of the New Plymouth Potters Club and the NZ Society of Potters.

A highlight was winning the Supreme Award at the New Plymouth Potters' annual exhibition in 2012.

Barbara has exhibited with the New Plymouth Potters at Real Tart Gallery, the Waikato Society of Potters and New Zealand Society of Potters.

Kathryn Gates
Studio potter

Kathryn first connected with clay more than 30 years ago when she attended classes in Invercargill.
"Working with such a tactile medium was most rewarding. When I moved to New Plymouth in 1983 I continued with pottery classes at the polytechnic.
I channel my creative energy by developing forms on the wheel, especially platters and bowls, using high-fired stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. I particularly like working with porcelain, adding texture and colour."
Kathryn decorates her work using Chinese-style glazes, and experiments with ash, copper and barium. Reduction firing in a gas kiln to a temperature of 1300°C creates a variety of effects and colours.

Kathryn has been a member of the New Plymouth Potters Club for over 25 years and was president from 1998 to 2005.

'During this time I enjoyed participating in club activities and attending and holding workshops. For a number of years I was tutor for one of the evening classes held for new club members.'

Kathryn won the Supreme Award at the 2016 New Plymouth Potters' Annual exhibition.
 

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