ARTY HOLIDAY: Take the kids in for free, drop-in interactive art making activities with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery education team over the school holidays. The free two-hour sessions are from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm, September Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 and October Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7.
ART CAFE: Local artists Vikki Mardon, potter, and Derek Hughes, photographer, have work on show on the exhibition wall at the Art Cafe´ in Top Town until the end of October. Celebrating “Spring: New Beginnings” Mardon’s bowls, prettily decorated with colourful petals, feature mainly hydrangea flowers, blossom and butterflies. Hughes works, printed on linen, feature the mountain. The Art Cafe´ is open weekdays 8am – 4pm (3.30pm on Fridays) and Saturdays from 9.30am – 2pm. For inquiries phone 281 1183 or visit www.art-cafe.co.nz.
JOHN MATTHEWS: Chairman of the Len Lye Foundation, John Matthews, will talk about his close relationship with the artist Len Lye and their collaboration on the kinetic sculpture A Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy). Entry to the Monica Brewster Evening talk on Thursday September 29 is $15, or $10 for Friends, or students with ID free. Book at the Govett-Brewster Shop or online at www.govettbrewster.com. KIDS’ ART CLUB: Bookings are being taken for Term 4’s Young Visionaries, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s after school art classes. The classes for 6-8 year olds are on Wednesdays from October 12 and classes for 9-13 year olds are on Thursdays from October 13. The term fee is $55 per child. Young artists will explore the wonders of electronic sound art, produce dazzling installations with light and prisms and master the art of levitating objects. They’ll join tutor Anton Berndt on a course of discovery and fun making sculptures, music, videos and pictures. Spaces are limited. Book at www.govettbrewster.com.
KINETIC ART: Starting from the work of Len Lye, the GovettBrewster Art Gallery presents a new exhibition Set in Motion, with artwork by four new generation artists working in the field of kinetic sculpture and experimental projection. Colours, sounds and movement overlap in the Len Lye Centre exhibition open until November 27.
DRAWING CLASSES: Community Basix drawing classes available in the Strandon Education Centre (next door to Gallery Frame Shop) every Saturday 12.30 – 2.30pm, $10 all materials supplied. Life drawing sessions also available every Wednesday 6 – 8pm, $15, bring your own supplies. Space is limited for both classes so please contact Rob between 10 – 4pm at 769 6000 to book your place.
QUIET ART: Visit and explore the exhibitions at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery at the quietest time of the week. This time is suitable for people within the autism spectrum and visitors who want some space in the galleries. Every Monday, 3.30-6pm. FAMILY ART: Drop-in interactive art-making sessions for the whole family at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. Call in on Sundays between 1-3pm for free family-friendly art making activities inspired by the current exhibitions. EXHIBITION: The North Taranaki Arts Society’s exhibition Winter Season is now showing at the Gables Gallery, next to the Chinese Pavilion at Brooklands Park until October 2. There are still places available for Amanda Brett’s watercolour workshop to be held in November, and Maxine Thompson’s pastel classes in January. For anyone