COMING SOON

Alby Carter
Retrospective

1969 – 2021


26 February – 21 March

Jennifer’s passion lies with art wall quilts, executed with silk, dyes and ‘rusted’ fabrics. Lots of trial and error has assisted her to come to a recipe that works best.

'Where two' by Graeme Hitchcock, cast glass (gaffer lead crystal)
'Where two' by Graeme Hitchcock, cast glass (gaffer lead crystal)

WHAT'S ON

Glass
Art 2021

Various glass artists


26 February – 21 March
Curated by Amy Taunt

Glass Art 2021 celebrates the wonderful world of glass art, its many forms and iterations and using a myriad of techniques. 

More than 30 works from this country’s top glass artists, in a variety of glass techniques, including kiln-forming, casting, blowing, flame-working, and other specialized techniques, will be exhibited.

Exhibition work includes pieces from Justin Culina, Carmen Simmonds, Karin Barr, David Traub, Claire Bell, Richard Landers, Philip Stokes, Graeme Hitchcock, Jenny McLeod and Paul Burgham.

'Papa Ngahere' by Bernadette Ross, Harakeke and Teri Dyes
'Papa Ngahere' by Bernadette Ross, Harakeke and Teri Dyes

WHAT'S ON

Gallery
2

Raranga
Harakeke

Weaver/designer
Bernie Ross


26 February – 21 March

Bernie connects with the Whenua with her large colourful works. You see the bright blues and greens of the sea and sky, the golds and browns of the earth and the glorious greens of the land.

Bernie was born in South Auckland on a dairy farm, one of nine siblings. Growing up on the farm taught her huge respect for the land, the bush, the rivers and sea. These early experiences led her to a landscape gardening career. She lived living in England working in landscaping before returning to New Zealand in 2002. A physical injury at 50 necessitated a change of direction and  subsequent enrolment into Te Wananga o Aoteroa. 

‘What followed was four wonderful years of  learning the art of raranga (flax weaving).’

MAY

Stratford Art Society

Various Artists


1 - 23 May

The Stratford Arts Society exhibition, is a vibrant, exciting, and eclectic mix of artwork. This exhibition contains more than 200 works, most for sale, and showcases the diverse talents and skill-base of the group’s members.

Opening event Saturday 1 May at 1pm. All welcome.

JULY

Taranaki Arts Trail Exhibition

Various Artists


28 June – 20 July

Although the Taranaki Arts Trail is now part of the Taranaki Garden Festival calendar later in the year, the annual exhibition retains its time-slot in the middle of the year.

The exhibition, with one work from each Trail artist, provides an opportunity for people to get a feel for the artist’s work and decide whether they would like to visit the artist’s open studio during the Festival.

WHAT'S ON

Kia ora.
Welcome to Percy Thomson Gallery

Percy Thomson Gallery is Stratford's public art gallery and was opened in June 2002.

The gallery has developed and grown over the years, now receiving national recognition as a thriving and diverse exhibition space catering for all age groups and interests and involving the community at large.

New exhibitions start every three to four weeks, and vary between national, local and regional artists – established and emerging.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


Alby Carter’s extensive and fascinating life in art is revealed in an exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford on Friday 26 March with a special celebration of the artist at 6.30pm. The retrospective exhibition, curated by gallery director Rhonda Bunyan, contains more than 90 works spanning 50 years’ practice by the proli c artist from Okato. ‘The oldest painting we have of Alby’s is a seascape of Palliser Bay, painted in 1968,” says Bunyan. We Longtime Okato artist exhibits at Percy Thomson Gallery have a fair representation of different periods of Alby’s painting life; mixed media, sand and oil paintings, works stretched across and woven on driftwood found on local beaches, the xploring space’ series, and, of course, the incredibly loose free- owing bold and gritty impressionistic landscapes, where colour and the broad sweeping brush strokes de ne the essence of our environment.” Alby Carter was born in Wellington in 1949 and moved to Taranaki in 1982. He has been in Okato since 2000. Alby draws inspiration from his surroundings. He used to head out with his sketch books, paints and canvas. Now, he wanders around with his camera and hunkers down in the cosy familiarity of his converted garage/studio where he can be found painting most days. ‘My paintings are about my feelings’, says Carter, ‘I tune into those emotions when I am painting and translate them to canvas. I want people who view my art and hopefully experience my feelings conveyed through my work.’ Bunyan nds Carter’s dedication to his craft, and his creative independence, inspirational. ‘Alby lives to paint. It is sustenance for his spirit. He has reached iconic status in Taranaki and I think it’s a shame that his work hasn’t been picked up by the big city galleries and that he hasn’t received more national recognition. In my opinion, he is right up there with the likes of Wollaston and others. But, on the other hand, Alby loves the freedom to paint what he wants and wouldn’t appreciate pressure to do anything differently. I admire that.’ Apart from the occasional odd jobs, Carter has been a professional artist for 50 years.

Longtime Okato artist exhibits at Percy Thomson Gallery


have a fair representation of different periods of Alby’s painting life; mixed media, sand and oil paintings, works stretched across and woven on driftwood found on local beaches, the xploring space’ series, and, of course, the incredibly loose free- flowing bold and gritty impressionistic landscapes, where colour and the broad sweeping brush strokes define the essence of our environment.” Alby Carter was born in Wellington in 1949 and moved to Taranaki in 1982. Alby Carter’s extensive and fascinating life in art is revealed in an exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford on Friday 26 March with a special celebration of the artist at 6.30pm. The retrospective exhibition, curated by gallery director Rhonda Bunyan, contains more than 90 works spanning 50 years’ practice by the proli c artist from Okato. ‘The oldest painting we have of Alby’s is a seascape of Palliser Bay, painted in 1968,” says Bunyan. We He has been in Okato since 2000. Alby draws inspiration from his surroundings. He used to head out with his sketch books, paints and canvas. Now, he wanders around with his camera and hunkers down in the cosy familiarity of his converted garage/studio where he can be found painting most days. ‘My paintings are about my feelings’, says Carter, ‘I tune into those emotions when I am painting and translate them to canvas. I want people who view my art and hopefully experience my feelings conveyed through my work.’ Bunyan nds Carter’s dedication to his craft, and his creative independence, inspirational. ‘Alby lives to paint. It is sustenance for his spirit. He has reached iconic status in Taranaki and I think it’s a shame that his work hasn’t been picked up by the big city galleries and that he hasn’t received more national recognition. In my opinion, he is right up there with the likes of Wollaston and others. But, on the other hand, Alby loves the freedom to paint what he wants and wouldn’t appreciate pressure to do anything differently. I admire that.’ Apart from the occasional odd jobs, Carter has been a professional artist for 50 years.

The gallery is closed for exhibition changeover. We're busily preparing the space for our next exhibition. You are warmly invited to join us for the opening of Glass Art 2021, Raranga Harakeke, and Take a Second Look, on Friday 26 February at 6.30pm. See you there!

COMING SOON

26 March – 24 April

OPENING EVENT
FRIDAY 26 MARCH at 6.30PM
All welcome

What's
on

Image: Kupenga Platter
by Justin Culina
Blown glass

What's
on

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Coming
soon

Glass Art 2021
Various glass artists
Curated by Amy Taunt

26 February – 21 March
     

Raranga Harakeke
Weaver/designer Bernadette Ross

26 February – 21 March

Take a Second Look
Textile artist Jennifer Patterson

26 February – 21 March

Covid-19
Alert
Level 2

⚠ Important Update

Kia ora tātou

As with all regions outside of Auckland, Stratford is once again back to Alert Level 2.

We have been planning for operations under Alert Level 2 and are ready to continue safely welcoming you to the gallery during this time.

He is what we ask of you and what we will do for you:

1. If you are sick, please stay home and visit another time.

2. Please observe the physical distancing and hygiene behaviour you have become familiar with earlier the year.

3. You should keep track of where you have been and who you were with. For your records, please either check in using our Ministry of Health COVID Tracing QR code, otherwise we have a manual register for those not wishing to use the QR codes.

4. The Gallery will continue to maintain a rigorous cleaning regime, with frequent sanitisation of all high contact surfaces.

5. We will update you if there are any changes or if the Gallery has to close.

As last time, the Gallery in general remains OPEN for business but we will be limiting entry to a maximum of 20 people to ensure safe 2m distancing. If this number is reached we will operate a one-out-one-in door policy. 

We are very sad to once again implement this policy, however it is the right thing to do as we redouble our efforts to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Gallery 2

Journey of Discovery
Vicky Taylor

September 18 – 11 October 2020
Gallery 2

Vicky Taylor spends hours burning wood to create striking artworks filled with depth, detail and emotion.

Pyrography means ‘writing with fire. It is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Vicky’s love of pyrography and the resulting creativity has allowed her to come to terms with crippling bouts of depression.

‘I lose myself in my art and the process becomes mindful meditation that brings me into the present moment. It has got me through some pretty rough patches and I am thankful for that.’


Holiday Hours

Christmas Day CLOSED

Boxing Day  CLOSED

Sunday 27 December
10.30am – 3pm

Monday 28 December – 30 December
10.30am – 4pm

31 December New Year’s Eve
10.30am – 3pm
New Year’s Day 2021 CLOSED

Saturday January 2
10.30am – 3pm

Sunday January 3
10.30am – 3pm

Monday January 4
10.30am – 3pm



 

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