High calibre artists’ work features in exhibition

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Having the DSA Staff exhibition at the Forrester Gallery is a great opportunity for Oamaruvians to see work from high calibre artists, curator Alice Lake-Hammond says.

The exhibition features eight artists from the Dunedin School of Art (DSA) staff – Peter Cleverley, Anita DeSoto, Graham Fletcher, Michael Greaves, Colin Howes, Clive Humphreys, Alexandra Kennedy and Michael Morley.

Ms Lake-Hammond said the artists in the exhibition were of a “really high calibre” and many had exhibited internationally, making it a show well worth seeing.

“We’re really lucky to have them here.”

The exhibition had not only been popular with Oamaruvians but also with people from Dunedin, who travelled up to see it and more than 100 people attended the opening on June 27, she said.

“It has been reasonably popular.”

The gallery also has several art works by DSA staff on display downstairs from its own collection.

Oamaru-based artist Peter Cleverley, who helped organise the exhibition, said he heard the space was available at the gallery and thought it would be a good idea to make an exhibition that involved some of the staff.

Cleverley finished working at the DSA last year.

The exhibition will be heading to Timaru once finished at the Forrester Gallery on August 29 and will possibly go from there to Dunedin or Ashburton.

An artist floor talk will be held at the gallery, with an opportunity to ask questions about some of the artists’ works, on Friday, July 25, at 5pm.

Most of the artworks are also for sale.

By RUBY HARFIELD