Twenty years of exhibiting art celebrated in Rangiora

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Celebration of art . . . Miranda Hales and Brian Hoult, of the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, in the Rangiora Library's Chamber Gallery where an exhibition marking the twentieth anniversary of exhibitions at gallery is being held. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

The latest exhibition at Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery marks the 20th anniversary of the Waimakariri Community Arts Council’s (WCAC) exhibition programme.

Eleven pieces of art from the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust have been chosen for the exhibition. Each piece was bought by the trust at an earlier exhibition at the Chamber Gallery.

This work, and other pieces owned by the trust, is normally on display in Waimakariri District Council-owned buildings around the district.

The WCAC curator, Brian Hoult, of Rangiora, said the work reflects the intention of the first exhibition in January 1997 to acquire art of quality for the district.

“We treat art seriously and support excellence,” he said. “Originality of the work is the key. We have great diversity.”

The WCAC also like to support new artists.

“Every year you could find at least one artist having their first exhibition, especially local people,” he said.

Every piece in this exhibition has been chosen for its excellence, and although many of the works are familiar the display is a reminder of the high quality of artwork this gallery consistently delivers to the people of North Canterbury and beyond.

Rangiora potter, Margaret Ryley’s exquisite ceramic vessel “Waimakariri” from her 1999 exhibition “Remember the Rain” is on show. Her son, Michael Michaels’ award-winning paper clay and porcelain “Head of a Figure” is also included.

The work of Waikari couple Alison Erickson and Sam Mahon is also featured. Sam’s bronze sculpture “Burden” depicts a court jester doing a handstand with a small child sitting on a pile of books on his feet while reading another book. Alison’s untitled bronze maquette is from her 2008 exhibition “Process.”

More recent works have also been included. John Maillard’s stark photograph on aluminium, “Beach Pond” from his “Introspection” exhibition late last year stands out, as does Sandy Gottermeyer’s “Werifesteria”.

The Chamber Gallery, in the Rangiora Library, is part of the original Rangiora Borough Council building, built in 1907 and features a beautiful stained glass domed ceiling.

The Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition opened at the Chamber Gallery on January 21 and ends on February 23.