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Artist Lyn Henry (left) in front of a pastel artwork from her Beyond the Garden series and Invercargill Potters Inc president Maddy Sandiford holds a plate from the Layered Glazes and Ceramics series which will be on show at the Art Attic Gallery.

POTTERY and pastels will be the focus at the Art Attic Gallery exhibition which opens tomorrow night.

Featuring pastel artist Lyn Henry and work by a dozen potters from the Invercargill Potters Inc club, the exhibition will feature up to 15 of Henry’s work from her Beyond the Garden series and about 14 pieces of Layered Glazes and Ceramics by pottery members from their latest workshop.

President and member for 13 years of Pastel Artist of NZ (PANZ), Henry is also a Southland regional rep for PANZ.

A contemporary artist, Henry described her style as fluid, at times abstract and intuitive, embracing realist and expressionist styles. Colour was a key aspect of her work, and, in particular with this series, she described some of her works as soft pastel paintings with some “ebbing into abstract”.

With many of her paintings now in private collections in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and throughout New Zealand, her last exhibition was at the Riverton Community Arts Centre The Mapping of Wondrous Places in 2019.

Invercargill Potters Inc president Maddy Sandiford said ceramic and glazed pots at the exhibition had recently been created at a glazed layering and ceramic workshop held at the club.

“There will be unique pieces on show… a celebration of each individual’s creativity.”

Sandiford said the club had 40 members, aged from 8 to 90 years, who met on Mondays and Tuesdays at its Lindisfarne St rooms.

Art Attic Gallery curator and administrator Estelle Kelly said the natural light from the skylights at the gallery added another dimension to the exhibition, and the smaller rooms added to the ambience.

Other works by support artists would also be on display in the smaller rooms, which flowed from the upstairs attic.

  • The exhibition, upstairs to the right of the Ivan Bulling building on Tay St, would be Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm until Saturday, May 15. The opening night is from 7pm tomorrow and the public was welcome to attend. Free entry. Most of the works were for sale.
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