Three shows for Taupo¯ mu­seum

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There’s plenty on at the Taupo¯ Mu­seum over the sum­mer sea­son, with three ex­hi­bi­tions planned.

The Mu­seum’s cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion is On the Road Again, where pho­tog­ra­phy meets paint­ing as pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut Hir­ler teams up with pain­ters Sally Maguire and Gary Wal­drom un­til Jan­uary 14, 2019.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is de­scribed as a scenic road-trip, with vi­sions of what we might see on the road as we travel across New Zealand.

■ Hel­mut Hir­ler is a Ger­man­born pho­tog­ra­pher who has trav­elled the globe cap­tur­ing el­e­ments of light un­de­tectable by the hu­man eye through in­frared pho­tog­ra­phy.

Where tra­di­tional pho­tog­ra­phy deals with the vis­i­ble light spec­trum, Hir­ler’s land­scapes are cap­tured us­ing film sen­si­tive to the in­frared spec­trum. The dreamy black and white im­ages, in­fus­ing fa­mil­iar land­scapes with sub­lime light­ing traits, have earned him in­ter­na­tional re­pute.

Hir­ler has trav­elled the globe to build up an im­age li­brary of land­scape stud­ies and since 2009 has lived and worked in New Zealand.

He has a list of at least 50 ex­hi­bi­tions, 27 pub­lished books and cal­en­dars and more than 50 in­ter­na­tional and over­seas awards.

■ Sally Maguire al­ways painted for fun, but about 20 years ago she de­cided to ded­i­cate her­self to it full­time.

“At first I thought, ‘Oh what do I think I’m do­ing?’ But when I sold my first paint­ing for $50 I was be­side my­self with ex­cite­ment. For me, paint­ing is like med­i­tat­ing. I can’t sit still for a minute, but hav­ing a paint­brush in my hand calms my mind. At the mo­ment my favourite sub­ject is clouds or scare­crows, but ac­tu­ally my big­gest pas­sion is por­traits and while they don’t sell so well, if I could just paint por­traits of chil­dren that’s what I’d do.”

■ Gary Wal­drom is one of New Zealand’s sig­nif­i­cant pain­ters. His provoca­tive dream­scapes en­tice the viewer into an imag­ined world where one has an ac­tive in­volve­ment in un­rav­el­ling the re­la­tion­ships, nar­ra­tives and sym­bols within the work.

Wal­drom has a dis­tinc­tive yet var­ied paint­ing style. Char­ac­ters and fig­ures play an im­por­tant role in his works and their un­re­veal­ing yet in­quis­i­tive ex­pres­sions are fa­mil­iar and at times un­set­tling.

On The Road Again is fol­lowed by Around the Moun­tain in the mu­seum’s main gallery from Jan­uary 19 to Feb­ru­ary 25. It fea­tures lo­cal artists Sue Gra­ham, Ca­role Cornes, Rob­bie Gra­ham, Doug An­der­son Di Michels and Mari Moore.

Sue Gra­ham says the idea for the ex­hi­bi­tion came from a chance con­ver­sa­tion.

“Some­body as­tute re­marked to me, ‘Sue, you must have painted our moun­tains from ev­ery an­gle by now. Per­haps you should do an ex­hi­bi­tion that show­cases that.’ So the idea was born, but I re­alised I’d have to po­si­tion these art­works in the mid­dle of the room for peo­ple to phys­i­cally walk around to re­ally get the full ef­fect. I talked it over with Ker­ence at the Taupo¯ Mu­seum who was ex­cited by the novel idea. My paint­ings will show my im­pres­sions of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ton­gariro and Mt Nga¯ uruhoe from the north, south, east and west, fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of large and small, acrylic and wa­ter­colour, re­al­is­tic and in­ter­pre­tive.

“I have in­vited five other artists whose art I ad­mire very much and whose work was con­ducive to the theme of the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, to dis­play their own se­ries of com­ple­men­tary art­works around the walls of the gallery, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, draw­ings and paint­ings of NZ na­tive flora and fauna of the area and even say­ings in­spired by moun­tains.”

A sec­ond up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion is The Small Print which will be show­ing in the mu­seum’s Niven Room from Feb­ru­ary 16 to April 1.

It is a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion from the Print Coun­cil Aotearoa New Zealand, an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­prised of ex­pe­ri­enced print­mak­ers through­out New Zealand, plus mem­bers from Europe and the Pa­cific. The ex­hi­bi­tions are var­ied and show­case the di­ver­sity of print on paper.

The Small Print is one of the reg­u­lar PCANZ ex­hi­bi­tions and is al­ways pop­u­lar. It is a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that has been run­ning for the last decade.

Also at the Taupo¯ Mu­seum chil­dren are not for­got­ten. Through­out the school hol­i­days chil­dren (and their par­ents and car­ers) will once again have a chance to take part in the mu­seum’s pop­u­lar di­nosaur hunt. No mat­ter how many times your kids may have taken part in the past, they al­ways love this ac­tiv­ity which has them re­turn­ing ev­ery hol­i­day pe­riod and scour­ing the mu­seum and its gar­den in search of colour­ful plas­tic di­nosaurs. Mu­seum staff have thought up count­less clever new places to hide these di­nosaurs each time and al­ways suc­ceed in mak­ing this a fun and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­ity. Or­gan­is­ers say it’s worth vis­it­ing the mu­seum for this chal­lenge.

■ Taupo¯ Mu­seum is open daily 10am to 4.30pm. En­try free to chil­dren and Taupo¯ res­i­dents with proof of ad­dress. En­try $5 adults, $3 se­niors and stu­dents.

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Pho­to­graph by Hel­mut Hir­ler. Pho­tog­ra­phy meets paint­ing at the Taupo¯ Mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tion On The Road Again.

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Five lo­cal artists team up for the ex­hi­bi­tion Around the Moun­tain at the mu­seum from Jan­uary 19.

Paint­ing by Gary Wal­drom, On The Road Again ex­hi­bi­tion at Taupo¯ Mu­seum.

Art­work by Sally Maguire for the ex­hi­bi­tion On The Road Again.

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