Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
9 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 ART & ENTERTAINMENT The perfect location. The perfect pair. Two quality villas are now available in the heart of Masterton. Unit 21 - $161,500 • 1 bedroom villa with studio. • Brand new kitchen and F&P appliances. • Wet oor shower. • Separate toilet. • Positioned for all day sun. • Handy to village amenities. • Patio to sit and enjoy the gardens. • Approximate oor size 70m2. Unit 2 - $295,000 • Spacious 2 bedroom villa. • Includes a studio & conservatory. • New kitchen with F&P appliances. • Overlooks the village stream. • Wet oor shower. • Sunny patio. • Approximate oor size 119m2. www.metlifecare.co.nz REV5375 OPEN TO VIEW Every Thursday during February and March 10am to 4pm 140 Chapel Street, Masterton. For more information please call Janine Tearle on 06 378 2577. Unit 21 Unit 2 Showcasing the best of local art By ANNE TAYLOR Abstract: Frank Dell's Building Site. Detailed: Linda Te Rakau Tilyard's Portrait of Georgette Magritte. I've been pointing lots of people in the direction of Aratoi this summer because I feel that the current group of shows has -- to quote a cliche -- something for just about everyone. If my Dad was staying with me, I would definitely encourage him to see Harry Watson's retrospective exhi- bition That Was Then, This Is Now, showcasing a decade of the Masterton painter and carver's work. An old tools aficionado, Harry's mastery of wood is truly inspiring as he ranges from elaborate picture frames to large decorated cabinets, populated with his signature doll-like colonial and Maori figures. Among my favourite pieces are his painted wooden busts, clearly paying tribute to Renaissance portraits of noblewomen. In typical Harry fashion, they are unconventional beauties and sport small, surprising Kiwiana details. Even though Harry's show will blow the socks off most men, who have likely struggled with dovetail joins and mitred edges at one time or another, I've learnt that gender often ceases to be relevant in galleries. I took my Dad to a quilting exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery a few years ago and he was captivated. Aratoi is presenting an exhibition by Masterquilters, the region's quilting group, from March 23 -- April 1, so be sure to take the men in your life to this one. I really appreciate seeing art by local artists when I travel outside our region. Aratoi has always had a strong Wairarapa focus, and Wairarapa Review is an opportunity to see around 30 works by local artists. Masterton artist Linda Te Rakau Tilyard's Portrait of Georgette Magritte reflects her longstanding interest in women's art and her/ stories''. This painting holds lots of intriguing references to Wairarapa -- and not just its picture postcard side -- for those who spend time with it. Frank Dell has used paint with great gusto in his Cubist-inspired Building Site. Now in his 80s, Frank is better known for his realistic landscapes, which he has been exhibiting in Greytown every Novem- ber for many years, so this expressive abstract was a surprise. Another artist who always shows joy in applying paint is Jane Kel- lahan. I remember the elegant com- position and sense of dynamic movement in her bird-themed paint- ing in the 2010 Review. This new one, Battling Birds is also striking. A trio of hip young Sydney-based artist/curators are presenting We Are All Transistors at Aratoi. Carla Cescon, Scott Donovan and Alex Gawronski draw Masterton's lollipop- coloured Centrepoint building -- built in the 1970s, demolished around 20 years later -- into their playful explo- ration of the modernist art movement. They were helped in large part by Scott's connection to Cen- trepoint's architect Roger Walker via his friend Jake Walker, the architect's son. Aratoi's reception area is now boasting cabinetry by local firm Rigg Zschokke to display gifts and jewel- lery with a local flavour. Entice makes a great cuppa after seeing the exhibitions, and a stroll round former Victorian pleasure zone Queen Eliza- beth II Park would round off a pleas- ant morning or afternoon for family or friends. Currently showing: Wairarapa Review VII, until March 18; that was then. this is now -- Harry Watson, until February 26, 2012; Okey Dokey -- Taren Wood, until February; We are all transistors - Carla Cescon, Scott Donovan and Alex Gawronski from ICAN, Sydney, until February 19, 2012.
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