Diverse art gallery pops up

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Artist Alice Pottinger at the Take 5 Art for Sale pop-up art gallery at 201 Dee St.

FIVE artists, no make that six artists, have gathered together some of their diverse art for the Take 5 Art for Sale exhibition.

Artist Alice Pottinger said originally, there were five artists, and at the last moment, a sixth artist was added to the collective.

The result… an extensive collection of art by well-known southern artists including Leone Mason, Lynn Grace, Peter Walker, Margaret Palmer-McKenzie, Wayne Edgerton and Pottinger.

Pottinger, who was inspired by her surroundings, said all of the artists were in the art group – Artists of Southland.

From Riverton, almost all of Grace’s art in a number of mediums was influenced by Southland, its rich mountain and river scenes, as well as its flora and fauna.

Impressionism was the basis for Gore-based Palmer-McKenzie’s work, with colour, texture and movement in various mediums and subjects an important aspect of her art.

Invercargill artist Mason has won several awards and produces provocative and inspiring work.

Walker, also of Invercargill, uses vibrant and deep colours in a contemporary style, and has also won several awards.

Edgerton was also well known and exhibited regularly, especially in Tuatapere.

The collective was originally set up with the aim of getting more recognition for southern artists, Pottinger said. “At the time (six years ago), artists were not as recognised down here.”

Now the group had 90 members, from beginners to professionals, she said.

“Any medium… any type of art… we even had a poet join up today.”

Artist retreats were on the group’s calendar, two or three times a year, and was one of her highlights.

“It is a chance to get together with like-minded people to create without distraction.”

It was the first time many of the six artists had exhibited their works, as the group normally held one to two exhibitions annually in Tuatapere in October.

All the art was for sale. The exhibition at 201 Dee St will run until Friday, May 24.

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