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!
Gallery trilling to the art of vases
By Anne-Marie McDonald
9:38 AM Saturday May 28, 2016
Tree Gallery co-owner Angela Tier with a vase by Andrea du Chatenier.PHOTO/STUART MUNROTree gallery has gone crazy for vases.
Its current exhibition, Vase, runs at the Moutoa Quay gallery [along from the i-Site] until June 4.
Twelve artists contributed vases for the exhibition and they come in all shapes and sizes - from a tiny polka-dot one by Laura Pearce to a huge textured one by Andrea du Chatenier.
"It was a good opportunity to take on some artists who are new to the gallery," co-owner Emma Camden said. The new artists include Janet Green and Ms du Chatenier.
"This is a little bit different for us. Last year we just sold artwork; this year we're doing exhibitions as well."
The gallery's first exhibition was work by co-owner Angela Tier, and the next one will feature the work of photographer Emma Bass.
The artists taking part in the exhibition include Andrea du Chatenier, Jinho Jeong, Merilyn Wiseman, Laura Pearce, Richard Parker, Janet Green, Renee Boyd, Steve Fullmer, Cheryl Lucas, Paul Maseyk, Aaron Scythe, David Murray and Ross Mitchell-Anyon.
-Tree is open Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm, and Saturday 9am -2pm.
- Wanganui Chronicle
By Anne-Marie McDonald
You are welcome to join us for the new exciting exhibition of Vases from leading New Zealand ceramic artists.
Tree Gallery is part of Open Studios 2016
If you are planning a weekend away on the 12/13 March or the 19/20 March out of the big smoke or driving in from the farmlands, Whanganui is the place to be! Every year Tree Gallery takes part in Open Studios where you get to visit lots of talented creative people in their places of making and exhibiting. This year we are showcasing a fantastic collaborative ceramic installation work between David Murray and Catherine Macdonald. So come along and check it out! We also have extended open hours during Open Studio weekends:
Thursday and Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am -4pm.
Artists supporting artists! TREE celebrates creativity.