People who visit this year’s NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival in Katikati, Saturday 30th September to Saturday 7th October will have the opportunity to see an amazing new sculpture by local artist John Ferguson.
The name of the sculpture is “The Future Laid in the Past”. ‘It is about remembering and valuing the past and supporting and cherishing the future. The egg is made from white marble chips, dust, white cement, a concoction of polymers and other secret ingredients. The nest is made from a collection of agricultural machinery parts from Katikati farms, says John.’
John has a background in design, working most of his adult life in the signage industry, specializing in pictorials, air brush work, gold leaf and 3D logos and forms.
Whilst living in Eastern Europe in the mid 90’s he designed and manufactured a range of gifts for the home, that included wood, ceramic and iron products.
John works in stone, steel, aluminium and wood but has also worked with more unusual objects like buckets. His sculpture “Blooming Buckets” is 5500mm x 1950mm (approx.) and made of aluminium (paint finish) and plastic.
John evokes emotion and tells stories through his art. People emerge from his sculptures such as “Storm Cloud” a swamp kauri wood carving
and “Blissful Pair” which is composite marble on a jarrah seat.
‘Subtle hints of the human figure, seen in man-made objects and within Nature, are recurring themes in my work,’ says John. ‘I am drawn to the movement, shape and warm, rich colours naturally inherent in wood and stone—and to the powerful strength of steel and aluminium.’
To find out more about John and to see his amazing sculptures go to his website http://www.johnferguson.co.nz/ or email him at email@example.com
Birgitt Shannon: I was born in Geelong, Australia and moved to Katikati with my husband Gerry in 2013. I started painting at a very young age and in my twenties attended night classes at the Geelong Fine Art School. My art is continually changing, evolving. As I paint the work before me takes on a life of its own and I never know exactly what it’s going to look like when it’s finished. This is the thing about painting that thrills me. I start with a simple idea like pongas and something inside me runs with it.Since arriving in New Zealand circles have featured in most of my work. For me circles are female, soft and spiritual…they are eternal life and love.Over the years I have had many solo and group exhibitions and have sold dozens of paintings in Australia and New Zealand. I was lucky enough to be chosen to paint a cow for the Morrinsville Herd of Cows Street Art Project which is standing outside the Morrinsville Museum. I also painted the large planter pots beside the BNZ Bank in Katikati as part of the 2015 NZ Mural Competition and Arts Festival. I recently sold a painting that is now hanging in a Research Centre at The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles.
BIRGITT’S WORK CAN BE SEEN IN ‘FRIENDS’ EXHIBITION: (These friends are a group of five Katikati based artists!)
The exhibition will be held at Harry Maddox Jewellers, 18 Main Road, Katikati, where there is a modern gallery space.
It will be open Saturday 30th Sept – Saturday 7th Oct
Sat & Sun 9:00 – 4:00, Mon – Fri 9:00 – 4:30
One of the artists will be available for a chat Sat 30th, Sun 1st, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th, and Sat 7th, from 10:00 – 4:00. We look forward to seeing you there.
Check out Birgitt’s article about what’s coming up in the NZ Mural Contest http://artbop.co.nz/nz-mural-contest-arts-festival-katikati/
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2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists Judges Selection of Works
Until: Friday, 6 October 2017
Venue: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts CentreTime: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free entry
Highlighting the exceptional talent of artists throughout the Bay of Plenty, this exhibition will showcase winners and finalists from the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.
Kereama Taepa has won out over 148 other entries from across the Bay of Plenty to take out the $10,000 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award with his work Bicultural Dialogue I. Judge Emma Bugden said what set this work apart for her was its simplicity; superbly executed, smart and funny which drew her in and held her attention.
“While the sculpture tackles big subjects—the complexity of cultural identity and the changing nature of craft in a digital era—it does it with cheek and humour. The legacy of tradition is seen through a contemporary lens, simultaneously throwing light on the past and the future.”
The $1,000 Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award went to Jill Fleming for her work Ascension and Cheyenne Rose was named as Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist for her work Legs.
The Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists 2017 displays these three award winning works alongside 45 specially selected entries at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre until 6 October 2017.
While the exhibition is on display people can vote for their favourite artwork either in the gallery or via the Rotorua Museum Facebook page. This year the More FM People’s Choice Award will offer $500 to the artist whose work receives the most public votes in the gallery and $500 for the work with the most online votes by the end of the exhibition (6 October 2017).
Entry to the exhibition at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is free and will be open daily between 10am – 4pm from 9 September until 6 October 2017.
For the first time this year Rotorua Museum will be displaying works that were not chosen for the finalist exhibition in a Salon des Refusés. This exhibition will be hosted at Rotorua Library (1238 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua) from 14 September until 7 October 2017 (during normal library opening hours).
All artworks from both exhibitions will be on sale to the public throughout the exhibition period.
For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org AND…