Monday, 10 April 2017

The International Bee Appreciation Society AGM

 24 February - 19 March 2017
Was it a meeting?  Was it an art exhibition?  Whatever it was, by the last day (19.3.17), more than sixty real people had visited Cottleston to view the sixty tiny (A5) watercolour human bee-appreciators' portraits and participate in the inaugural meeting of a brand new society: the International Bee Appreciation Society.
Red dots were abundant and the artist and writer is pleased to report that those who had requested or been coerced into having their portrait painted but who missed out this time, there will bee another and it will be even bigger and better! Contact Cottleston Gallery to bee included. Purchased absent members will be present by Proxy Print.

Those who had their portrait here will be issued with a special gorgeous frameable 'Foundation Member' certificate, and will also be eligible to receive a free quarterly newsletter containing amazing bee information, competitions, special discounts of bee-related products and more.
Associate membership is also available.  

There is more information in this article in the New Zealand Beekeepers' newsletter here.
And there is an article from the SunLive here. 

Here are some views of the gallery during the exhibition.

Thank you to Lee Switzer of ARTbop for the first two.

Julie Green and Rosemary Peek. Opening night - Photo by Lee Switzer ARTbop

Wendy Pedersen, opening night - Photo by Lee Switzer ARTbop

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Bee Appreciation Society Annual General Meeting

The B.A.S AGM - Tiny portraits by bee-lover and artist Katherine Steeds

The gallery will is soon to be host to this inaugural meeting. 
The Bee Appreciation Society members value bees for many different reasons.  There are almost as many reasons as there are bee-appreciators coming to Cottleston's walls this month!

The preview evening is from 5.30pm Friday 24 February.  All welcome.  Drinks, nibbles, live music and free honey tasting.

NB. For the preview evening, Cottleston requests all visitors park in the nearby stadium grounds unless holding a disability card.  We regret we do not yet have wheelchair access to the gallery.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Remains of the Day

A popular exhibition, Remains of the Day,  by Deborah Forkert, has just closed at the Cottleston.
The first nine images were taken by ARTbop's photographer Lee Switzer as Deborah talks about the motivations, stories, content and techniques she used for her works.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Deborah Forkert - Remains of the Day

For five years Deborah Forkert has worked with the dried paper covers of used tea bags, experimenting with and developing a variety of textures, connection methods, spatial patterns and linear joins. In conversation with her, Forkert's enthusiasm for the materiality of the covers shows as she waxes lyrical about the brands, colours and texture tendencies. She describes each patterned cover as 'a moment captured in time with a memory imprinted on it', each a unique individual, which forms a collective as beautiful as a stained glass window. 
She notes the 'threads' of continuity of rituals and traditions of society's past, present, and future, and extends the use of her medium into that of a metaphorical fabric - a narrative of sorts. Using memories of her childhood for inspiration, she also sees the fabric’s similarity to tapa cloth, and has appropriated and extended this humble, yet ethereal material to make frequent reference to many of her Pacific and New Zealand roots.

'Memories of My Mother's Piupiu: Dawn'.  recycled teabags, mixed media on plywood  

 Forkert's solo exhibition 'Remains of the Day' opens at the Cottleston Gallery at 6pm on the 4th January 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Decision - a virtual visit

'Decision' by German-based artist Sheena Mayer was very well received.  She flies out from Auckland today and many in the local art community will miss her.  It has been so wonderful to see such a quietly confident artist working for the last two months in the studio during her artist in residency.  Her encapsulations and delicate black ink monotypes reflect her explorations into the concept of Wandering.
Here is a wee look at the exhibition as it was in the front room at the Cottleston.

Sheena Mayer with some of her monotypes from her solo show 'Decision'