Art on show at Keirunga

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Keirunga Artists are hold­ing their first se­lected exhibition of 2016 at the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre in Te Mata Road.

The exhibition runs un­til Sun­day April 17, from 10am to 4pm each day. The se­lec­tor is artist and yoga teacher Linda Trubridge and the works by the Keirunga Artists in­clude oils, acrylics, wa­ter­colours and prints in a wide range of styles.

The guest ex­hibitor is ce­ramic artist Mandy Ol­son from Napier. Her quirky and colour­ful sculp­tured fig­ures have been ex­hib­ited with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Welling­ton and have been in many other ex­hi­bi­tions through­out New Zealand.

En­try to the exhibition is free, and vis­i­tors can vote for the pop­u­lar Peo­ple’s Choice, to be awarded at the close of the exhibition.

Keirunga Artists are grate­ful for prize money and spon­sor­ship from Hu­man­ity Books and Fine Art Sup­plies, JW Pic­ture Framers, Mil­ton Andrews, Con­roy Re­movals and In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion.

Linda Trubridge was born in Ber­muda in 1950. Her art train­ing was at Lough­bor­ough and Ex­eter Col­leges of Art (BA Hons) from 1967— 1972. She qual­i­fied as an art teacher and has taught at high schools in Lon­don, the Caribbean and New Zealand. Since 1970 she has prac­ticed yoga and trained as a teacher. Com­bined study of yogic phi­los­o­phy and world mythol­ogy con­tin­ues to in­spire her cre­ativ­ity. In 1981 she left Bri­tain, sail­ing on a yacht to New Zealand with her hus­band and two small chil­dren. Dur­ing these five years of travel, and dur­ing her time in New Zealand, she has worked at teach­ing art and yoga, help­ing her hus­band de­sign and make fur­ni­ture, ed­u­cat­ing her chil­dren and mak­ing new art works.

LINDA TRUBRIDGE:

I be­gan my jour­ney into the world of clay in the mid 1990s, af­ter dab­bling in weav­ing, knit­ting and craft work from nat­u­ral ob­jects.

Ini­tially I at­tended weekly evening classes at Welling­ton High School for sev­eral months and then spent the fol­low­ing two years at adult sculp­ture classes at Pe­tone Col­lege, Lower Hutt. Dur­ing my sec­ond year I be­gan ex­hibit­ing with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Welling­ton. As well as pro­duc­ing work for their gen­eral ex­hi­bi­tions, Iwas part of a group exhibition called Go­ing Solo 12 in 2000. I also en­tered work in the 2000 Norsewear Art Awards and my pieces sold well in both these ex­hi­bi­tions.

Dur­ing this time Iwas ap­proached by sev­eral gal­leries in both North and South Is­lands and Syd­ney Aus­tralia and I be­gan sup­ply­ing my work com­mer­cially. Iwas a mem­ber of The Bake­house Gallery in Cuba Street Welling­ton, as well as sup­ply­ing for Welling­ton Pot­ters Co-op Gallery in Wood­ward Street Welling­ton.

MANDYOLSON:

SE­LEC­TION: Linda Trubridge se­lects art to be dis­played at the Keirunga Artists Se­lected Exhibition in the Have­lock North Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

QUIRKY: Ce­ramic artist Mandy Olsen is the guest ex­hibitor for this month’s exhibition.

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