Cel­e­brat­ing women in ex­hi­bi­tion

Hastings Leader - - Front Page - BY BRENDA VOWDEN brenda.vowden@hbto­day.co.nz

A cel­e­bra­tion of loved ones, the art com­mu­nity and fe­male lin­eage will come to­gether in an ex­hi­bi­tion this month at the Hast­ings Art Cen­tre.

A Botan­i­cal Call­ing is a joint ex­hi­bi­tion be­tween artists Lizzie Beere and Ros Ste­wart and shares stories and cre­ative re­sponses to their fe­male lin­eage and up­bring­ings as Ki­wis, Ros says. Both women have held many ex­hi­bi­tions over the years.

“We are also hon­our­ing the Blos­som Fes­ti­val and women’s suf­frage — em­brac­ing the suf­frage float by the Here­taunga Women’s Cen­tre. It’s all con­nected and de­lib­er­ate.”

Ros says since com­mit­ting to this show with Lizzie late last year, she has been busy us­ing and try­ing out a new medium, work­ing steadily all year on her pieces.

“I’m ex­per­i­ment­ing with al­co­hol inks. That’s loos­ened my paint­ing style up a lot. I’ve only just re­alised that my new large round paint­ings are Mum’s china plates rein­ter­preted my way. It makes me laugh. My mother died 28 years ago.”

Ros says Lizzie and her have sim­i­lar flori­cul­tural, ma­tri­ar­chal, geo­graph­i­cal back­grounds.

“We were dis­cussing our New Zealand iden­ti­ties, plus the girls’ school we both went to. We are very proud of New Zealand women’s — our great grand­moth­ers’ — suf­frage ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sults.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion was named Botan­i­cal Call­ing as many of Lizzie and Ros’ close fe­male an­ces­tors cre­ated art, ex­press­ing with flo­ral forms to “ex­press our multi-gen­er­a­tional love of grow­ing flow­ers, na­ture, gar­dens, beauty, fine art and mak­ing things“.

Lizzie is ex­hibit­ing about 10 paint­ings, oil and acrylic and a va­ri­ety of large florog­ra­phy/ pho­tos, plus an in­stal­la­tion. Ros will be show­ing around 30 paint­ings, four stone sculp­tures, two bronzes and an in­stal­la­tion with eight sculp­tural up-cy­cled ob­jects.

“We are both also in­stalling a small area of our grand­moth­ers’ art­works, etc, to hon­our, ref­er­ence and in­volve them,.” Ros says.

Botan­i­cal Call­ing will take up the gallery’s ground floor.

“We want peo­ple to have a beau­ti­ful, in­spi­ra­tional, flo­rally em­brac­ing, up­lift­ing, en­gag­ing artis­tic/cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence when in the room.”

Ros has sculpted for 40 years and cre­ates mul­ti­me­dia. She has also painted for 15 years on and off and says this ex­hi­bi­tion has cre­ated favourites.

“They make my heart sing, they work. They are strong and mean­ing­ful.” Ros says her pieces are a move away from what she’s pro­duced be­fore.

“I’m very deeply pleased about that. I’ve ac­ci­den­tally learned new tech­niques this year and I am look­ing for­ward to play­ing around with them next year. I don’t think it’s good prac­tice to churn out the same old stuff year af­ter year. Cre­ativ­ity means new ideas, tools, skills and con­nec­tions.”

■ A Botan­i­cal Call­ing, Septem­ber 10-22, Hast­ings Art Cen­tre, Rus­sell St, Hast­ings. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.rosamund­stew­art.co.nz or www.lizziebere.com

Napier artist Ros Ste­wart will be ex­hibit­ing at Hast­ings Art Cen­tre in time for Blos­som Pa­rade and women’s suf­frage an­niver­sary.

Lizzie Beere will be ex­hibit­ing her work as part of A Botan­i­cal Call­ing.

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