Tuesday June 22nd – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm
Dear CAN Friends,
It’s change-around week! By this Friday, you will discover a building full of new, exciting exhibitions at Creative Arts Napier. Sadly on Thursday we say goodbye to Clare Plug’s gorgeous exhibition of textile art ‘Re-View’ and Joseph Rowntree’s exceptional collection of work ‘New School Relics’.
These will be replaced with ‘Locale’ a solo exhibition by local emerging artist Carli Lewis, and in the Main Gallery, a sumptuous display of woven tapestry by The Tapestry Network of NZ, entitled ‘Woven Tapestry; Ancient Art of NZ’.
Carli Lewis paints what she sees, and is in love with the natural and urban environment around her. She is inspired by other artists, her children, nature and areas where people socialise and have fun. Painting is an activity Carli enjoys, and she loves when her paintings create an emotion for someone.
Carli paints abstracts, landscapes of nature, beaches and buildings (especially cafes). Painting when she can, where she can. Lately Carli has enjoyed painting at sunrise, when she can hear the birds.
Planning for the future, Carli Lewis might look to creating images for a children’s book. With a love for collecting photos, and finding things to paint, Carli is never without inspiration. Growing up in Auckland, Carli has also lived in Tauranga, Nelson, Rotorua, Brisbane, London and Edinburgh. Living in different places has made Carli appreciate the beauty in each area, and the environments that are always changing.
She says; ‘Hawke’s Bay is now my ‘locale’. My family and I moved here 18 months ago. I love the sky, buildings and sea here. It’s a lovely place to paint, explore and have time with my family.’
The Tapestry Network, who will be exhibiting in the Main Gallery, was established in 2012. There are approximately 60 paid up members from both New Zealand and Australia, ranging from beginners to very experienced weavers. Many members’ work has been exhibited at National and international level, with some receiving top awards for their work both here and overseas.
Many of the members meet regularly to exchange ideas and to spend time just weaving. Regular mid-year retreats are held over a long weekend, usually near Taupo, in which members can catch up with friends to weave and talk tapestry. Members work in differing sizes, predominantly in small format, though there are many who weave larger tapestries.
There are members who are internationally recognised, and who hold their own exhibitions, but there is a camaraderie between them all, with more experienced weavers always available to help beginners with technique and design. They feel that now is the time to hold a National Exhibition, and at CAN we are honoured to host and display the beautiful results of all of this hard work, dedication and passion. You will find ‘Woven Tapestry; Ancient Art of NZ’ on display until Thursday, June 24.
If tapestry, stitching or embroidery is something you would like to learn more about, CAN is lucky to be hosting two weekend workshops with Ngaio Blackwood, coming up shortly on 19 June.
At the ‘Embroidery 101’ morning session, learn the materials and processes to get started with the basics of embroidery and create a sampler, carefully guided by expert tutor Ngaio. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners, adults or youth aged 13+. The afternoon session, ‘Embroidery 102’ will cover how to stitch a rose motif using classic embroidery techniques, also suitable for beginners, those who have completed ‘101’ or already have some experience.
A full embroidery kit will be available to purchase at each class (recommended) with a special price available should you wish to purchase two kits to attend both classes.
Ngaio Blackwood started crafting as a teenager in Dunedin and has had multiple projects on the go ever since. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts(Hons) majoring in painting and spends her time combining embroidery and paint in her sunny studio in Napier. When she’s not in her studio she works as a designer; managing websites, social media, and graphic design. She also reads a lot of books.
So, why embroider? Stitching is a great way to slow down and can be applied to so many different projects. Learn the basics then use your skills to upcycle clothes, add personality to your denim jacket or make some textile art for your home.
More information is available on the CAN website https://www.thecan.co.nz/can-listings/embroidery-101-workshop/ or contact email@example.com or 06 835 9448 to reserve your spot.
CAN is just about to launch into a new series of creative classes at Keirunga Creative Hub, too. We thought we would spread the love and branch out into the world of Havelock North, to offer our unique classes to the wider community. All classes will feature on the CAN website, so check out them out to see some exciting new additions, like Textile Monoprinting with artist Sue Weston.
Tickets for this class are available on Eventfinda; https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/textile-monoprinting-workshop-with-artist-sue-weston/havelock-north
This one day weekend workshop will explore monoprinting onto cotton or calico fabric using textile inks. This workshop will appeal to those who like to experiment and enjoy the sometimes unpredictable results of printing! The process is also fine for older children, who are often very confident with this kind of process. We recommend 13 years and above, with an adult companion.
Look out for new foyer exhibitions too, from local artist and CAN regular Paul Soanes with his exhibition ‘Out of the Darkness, Into the Light’, and emerging artist Antonia Neville with ‘Flourish’ for the whole month of June.
Talented and hard working Antonia is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Creative Practice at Ideaschool, EIT and is helping to coordinate the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail event in October as the 2021 CAN Intern. She’s awesome!
Later in June regular CAN exhibitor Marama Ngawhika will be joining the exhibitors with a display of her artworks in the Workshop space to celebrate Matariki.
Don’t forget about the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Art Review. With the deadline looming of 9 July, and a prize of $2000 for the Team Coldicutt/Gordon Harris Premier Award it’s time to get cracking on your entry.
Click on this link for more info: https://www.thecan.co.nz/can-listings/call-for-artists-hawkes-bay-art-review/
Or to enter, go to this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ccN5FHF4LffXUrnqQnx2GP5qW38LiahfGtxUL6Ld4Sw/edit
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See you at CAN soon
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