If you haven’t popped into Art on Tyne to soak up the beauty of its latest exhibition offering Flora and Fauna, you have a few more weeks.
The show opened in the gallery’s On the Freezer Wall exhibition space just before Alert Level 4, and contains 31 paintings from some of gallery owner Philina Den Dulk’s favourite New Zealand artists, who are also her friends, she said. It also includes a few of her own popular “poppy paintings”.
She was especially thrilled to include works from Jane Crisp, who is well-known for her distinctive native bird art.
“I just love her work,” Den Dulk said.
The other artists were Aimee Rose, Rochelle Andrews, Jody Hope-Gibbons, Lee-Ann Dixon and Mandy Emerson, and most were North Island-based.
Den Dulk said the reaction to the exhibition had been positive. It had also been well-received online.
“A lot of people are just in awe of the work creativity and talent.”
A few of the pieces had sold, but Den Dulk did not want to push sales, as she knew it was a difficult time financially for a lot of people.
She came up with the Flora and Fauna idea for the exhibition almost by accident, as it seemed appropriate given the type of art these women created.
“I just knew it would work together,” she said.
“Flowers and birds are very on trend at the moment too.”
Post-lockdown, Den Dulk said the number of visitors was probably a bit lower than usual. It was coming into winter, which was always a quieter time.
“But I still feel like people are just hiding away a bit .. just slowly getting back to normal.”
The people she had seen had mentioned they were making a point to buy local in an effort to keep Oamaru businesses open – and she, in turn, was doing the same.
“We have to share the love.”