CLUB PRO­FILE Art dis­play some­thing for ev­ery­one

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Flow­ers, por­traits and an­i­mals are just a few of the things you can find at the colour­ful ex­hi­bi­tion by the Gey­ser­land Art Group.

The group’s ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently on at Palmers Gar­den Cen­tre, run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 23.

Group mem­ber Max­ine Thomp­son says there is a lot of cre­ative­ness in the Ro­torua com­mu­nity, and for artists to cre­ate works and then dis­play them takes a fair bit of courage.

“Some peo­ple have had to be very brave to bring their works in.” she says.

“Oth­ers have had ex­pe­ri­ence and have had suc­cess­ful ca­reers as teach­ers or artists.”

She says ex­hi­bi­tions like this are great be­cause what artists do needs to be shown off.

“A lot of peo­ple who are not artists have their job to do as be­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tors of oth­ers’ art, so the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity can be con­trib­u­tors in one way or an­other.

“There is some­thing for ev­ery­body in an ex­hi­bi­tion like this,” she says.

Gey­ser­land Art Group sec­re­tary Robin Har­land says it is great for mem­bers to be able to show off their work and the group has a lot of tal­ent. She says the works are all for sale, rang­ing from $20 up to $750.

El­iz­a­beth Mcdon­ald, who has gone along to look at the ex­hi­bi­tion, thinks it is amaz­ing and has a great va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent styles.

She says it is also great that the works are all by lo­cal artists. The Gey­ser­land Art Group is a group of artists and bud­ding artists who meet weekly on Thurs­day morn­ings at The Arts Vil­lage in Hine­maru St. There are 24 mem­bers and it has been es­tab­lished since 1964.

The group pro­vides tu­ition in the form of work­shops cov­er­ing many as­pects of art, some run by mem­bers and some by pro­fes­sional artists.

It also stages an­nual ex­hi­bi­tions of work where all mem­bers are wel­come to show their art.

■ To contact the Gey­ser­land Art Group call (07) 362 8165, go to the group’s Face­book page or go to www.gey­ser­lan­dart.com

Photo / Shauni James

(From left) Gey­ser­land Art Group mem­bers Max­ine Thomp­son, Robin Har­land and Ann Bo­som­worth at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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