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Jackie Watson

Jackie Watson

Arts District - November 2020 Arts District - November 2020

The three Waimakariri Art Galleries present regular exhibitions of local artists’ work and as a region we are well endowed with practising artists in a range of genres. Adding to this wealth of creativity this month is Arts Canterbury who offer a juried exhibition of their members’ work at The Mill at Waikuku.  The judges who selected the works are Warren Feeney, Press arts correspondent, and artists Joel Hart and Brent Firkin. The owners of the ...

Air Force 2 takes to the water Air Force 2 takes to the water

Alpine Jet Thrills launched an airboat in the Waimakariri last Saturday as the first step in attracting locals to this unique adventure. Set to open for the summer, the ride of a lifetime in the modified airboat will take passengers in places where even jet boats can’t go. Air Force 2 ready for service Paul Mullan took seven lucky volunteers up-river on its first trip from under the motorway bridge in the Waimakariri Regional Park, for a ...

NEST Art Collective opens NEST Art Collective opens

Two weeks of art workshops, after a well attended opening of the Nest Arts Collective in Amberley on Friday, show the perfect marriage of community, business and artists. Laura Hewetson and Mel Eaton’s dream is now a reality and the fascinating range of artworks on display in their new premises at 16 Markham Street is also the place to go to join their art workshops. Thirteen workshops are listed on the Nest Arts Collective website, ranging ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 4: Paul Smith Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 4: Paul Smith

Paul Smith was looking forward to the Kaiapoi Art Expo and had completed one of his vivid expressionist paintings a few weeks before the Covid-19 crisis but wasn’t sure it was what he was after. The Kaiapoi based artist says, “I prepared another canvas and had it ready, a blank canvas, waiting for inspiration, when the announcement came that the Expo was cancelled for this year.” But Paul’s time during lockdown has instead been taken up ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 3: Clare Wilcox Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 3: Clare Wilcox

Clare Wilcox of Rangiora has had to turn to creative pursuits other than her painting during this time, with her studio occupied by 19 year old daughter Sidney, home from Massey University and needing to continue her studies. In her Pre Veterinary Science year, Sidney has needed a quiet space to continue her study.   “She is our number one priority so I was quite happy to lose my space so she can continue with her ...

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