No don’t be silly, it’s not the price of this one compared to that one! For us it was the humanity instilled in the mug by the maker and the loss of relationship you connected to choosing one by that artist or perhaps the memory of the person who gifted that mug to you.
We would love for you to share photos and stories of you with your best mug on our Facebook page or by using the hashtag #treegalleryfavmug on Instagram and share the love of handmade ceramic mugs far and wide!
Spring is here, and it is time to clean the dust off your shelves and make room for inspiring artworks or perhaps new mugs in your cupboards. We have plenty of new arrivals at Tree, and an exhibition by New Plymouth based artist Marita Green planned for October. Although we don’t see Emma and Angela during open hours at Tree much these days, they are still very much a part of the Tree team. Recently they visited Marita to collect the pieces for her up and coming solo exhibition, Smallish with a few skatepark tricks in between.
What is it about animals that we love so much?
At Tree Gallery, we have many artists who use animals as inspiration for their work; from decorative illustrations on mugs and plates, the infamous bird urns, as well as quirky sculptures.
We recently acquired Katherine Smyth Polar Bear and Rat urns that go nicely with our Steve Fullmer Polar Bear mugs and bowls! Angela Tier has dropped off some Black Robin urns to nest alongside the remaining doves, and Janet Green's cat sits proudly in our window looking out upon people in the street like an actual cat.
Aaron Scythe uses little birds too; on all his ceramics (if you hadn't noticed), he says that the little bird is him when we asked him once, which is such a lovely trademark touch by this talented potter!
Jane Kennington also uses bird illustrations on her pinched vases and cups; sometimes accompanied by a feminine friend, and Angela also makes beautiful ceramic bird brooches and cast glass bird pendants that are to be worn to remember wonderful memories of loved ones who have passed.
We look forward to showing you all of these pieces when you visit the Tree Gallery, and also any new pets we aquire in the coming months!
Ever so popular is Tree Gallery artist Steve Fullmer; when his work arrives, it flies out the door! Here is a little bit more of a background about Steve and his quirky, illustrated ceramics.
Jane Kennington is a local based artist living in Whanganui amongst beautiful and inspiring surroundings, with many trees, birds and gardens; these manifest through into her making. Her work is very feminine, with a lot of her pieces featuring illustrations of flora and fauna, as well as delicate drawings of women.
Jane mentions she has a background in a Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in sculpture and wood from Nelson, as you can see in the sculptural way she constructs her work. Showing process in making is important to Jane, you can see the organic way she carves the clay like a chisel to wood from a leather hard solid block, reducing it until the clay takes form and then hollows it out for the firing. All her pieces are one offs and you can see the movement of the artist's fingers, or the use of tools to form the object.
Jane says that drawing and mark making is very important to her process of examination and discovery. She likes to make pieces that people can use everyday because she believes it to be very satisfying to use a handmade object.
Jane's ceramics are exclusive to the Tree Gallery and we are excited to bring them to you!
The definite highlight of the month is the Creature exhibition currently being held at the the Sarjeant Gallery upstairs at the iSite building in Whanganui, which is on display until July 15th 2018. In this group show, we are delighted to see the work of artists that we also exhibit at Tree Gallery; such as Kate Fitz-Harris, Katherine Smyth and Angela Tier.
Whether you want to support some of our favourite artists, or just take some time out to marvel over the beautiful works on display, the Creature exhibition is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
If you are interested in acquiring an Avian Ambassador for your growing art collection, please contact Emma at Tree Gallery.
We are really thrilled to announce this month, that we now have exquisite Lynn Kelly Jewellery at Tree Gallery, and we are proud to be the only gallery in Whanganui where you can find her pieces!
For more information about Lynn Kelly, come see us at the gallery!
It was another busy March for many artists in the Whanganui area with the annual Open Studios eventful weekends. Tree Gallery took part for the fourth year, with an exhibition called "Three" featuring artworks by Emma Camden, David Murray and Angela Tier.
David delivered three candy-coloured glass chalices, titled 'Vessels for a New Economy'. These are stunningly displayed with ambient light illuminating them from the window and making them glow with glory and richness.
There are connections that can be created when you get drawn into all three works.
With strong elements of grief, extravagance and tension coming through.
The exhibition will remain on display at Tree Gallery for the month of April, so make sure you get along to see it!
Come down to the Community Arts Centre in Whanganui to check out Tree Gallery's curated exhibition of Angela Tier Photographs and new ceramics. Open from 13 September - 28 September with the official opening on the 16th September at 5:30pm! We would love to see you there! Thanks to Neil Jones from Your360tour for the great photos and check out his skills on our Facebook page, you can experience a 360 degree virtual tour of the entire exhibition!
Artists supporting artists! TREE celebrates creativity.