‘North meets South – Mangawhai meets Whanganui’ is a collection of art that chases away doubts about the standard and quality of local small town art. The 11 artists contributing to ‘North meets South’ show vibrant, diverse and eclectic art – stunning art work.
Pauline Neilson offered space at the Yellow House Café, Whanganui. Jeanette Vickers of Mangawhai Artists Inc had experience of the space from a solo exhibition in 2016. She loved the space and knew Mangawhai Artists could show well in the space available.
Curating a selection of art from the talented pool of Mangawhai artists was a significant challenge for Jeanette, and undaunted she narrowed her selection to 11 out of 130 artist members of Mangawhai Artists Inc.
All 11 artists have had successful exhibitions in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery over the last year. They are adept, technically skilled in their field, and importantly their work has flair, creativity and captures the viewer. Jeanette wanted a rich and diverse mix to show off Mangawhai art. She used colour and form as a selection guide to bind this exhibition into a strong showing of work.
The exhibition in the Yellow House Cafe is a fascinating taster into Mangawhai Artists Inc, an art association run by artists for artists. Mangawhai Artists has a thriving membership active in presenting their work to the community. Around 50 artists are exhibiting their work in this season’s busy calendar of exhibitions which change every two weeks; September to June each year. There are two members’ exhibitions each year open to all members, an annual art trail when many artists open their studios and a stunning website which profiles members showcasing a busy exhibition calendar, events and learning programme.
For more information and artist profiles www.mangawhaiartists.co.nz