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Home and Away


Thu 13 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 14 Aug 2009, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 15 Aug 2009, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 17 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 18 Aug 2009, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts takes great pleasure in hosting the work of Judy Johnstone, one of the Manawatu’s most distinguished traditional watercolourists. “Home and Away”, New Work by Judy Johnstone will feature 25 new paintings that represent places in New Zealand and abroad where the atmosphere and light have caught her attention. The collection includes watercolours of Rome, Venice and the Italian countryside captured in mind and photo during a trip to that area in 2007. Watercolours of views in the Wairarapa, scenes near Lake Taupo and of Port Charles, Coromandel also feature as do eight oils of New Zealand scenes including views on Great Barrier Island. Most of the works have not been exhibited previously; one of the oils to be displayed recently won the Peoples Choice Award and a Merit Award at the Feilding Art Awards 2009. A reception to honour the artist will be held at the gallery on Friday 24th July from 5-7PM. The public is cordially invited to meet the artist and to discuss her latest paintings.

Judy Johnstone has been creating artwork all her life from her school years in New Plymouth to the present day. After completing school she was employed as a display artist and later continued her art training through workshops and seminars. She has been actively involved with the Feilding Arts Club for over thirty years (now known as the Feilding and Districts Art Society) and is an exhibiting member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington. Judy has been awarded many accolades for her paintings over the years. Ms Johnstone continues to enter art competitions throughout New Zealand because she feels that doing so ensures that the level of her work meets or exceeds national standards.

Ms Johnstone states: “The challenge is to capture the effect of light touching a subject – it may be flowers, foliage, water or general landscape. Dramatic lighting brings a subject alive – sparkling with colour and pattern, light against dark. It’s a moment in time often not repeated. I thoroughly enjoy the planning and drawing stage of a painting in an attempt to create works that exercise the imagination – triggering pleasant memories of places, feelings and emotions.”

A brief listing of the awards this artist has accumulated includes Premier Awards at the Turoa Art Awards from 1980 to 1982 and again in 1984 at which she also took a first in oil with her second entry. In 1994 she shared a first in oil and was runner-up for the Premier Award. Judy was Second in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award in 1991 for a work in acrylic. At the Feilding Art Awards she has won a Merit Award or higher since 1998 mostly for her exquisite watercolour paintings. In 1998 and 1999 she was first in watercolour; in 2000, first in watercolour and winner of the Popular Vote; in 2001 she took first in acrylics and 2004 saw her win first in watercolour. In 2005 she was first in watercolour and took out the Mayor’s Choice and the Popular Vote. From 2006 through 2008 her work was named first in watercolour yet again.

Judy has continued to take prizes year after year: At the Manawatu Art Awards her work was given a Merit Award for watercolour in 2008 and in 2009 she took a Merit in oils and the Popular Vote. She has been a finalist in the Telecom Manawatu Art Awards in 1994 and 1995; placed third for watercolour in 2007 at the Waihi Summer Arts Festival and won Best Natural Flora at the Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show in 2008. Judy also was a finalist for an oil painting submitted to Australian Art Magazine for its 2006 Challenge.

Among the tutors who Ms Johnstone has studied with include David Barker, Cyril Whiteoak, Graham Braddock and John Crump. Recently she has taken workshops with Colley Whisson and Jacky Pearson whom Judy credits as having a great deal of influence on her current style and technique.

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