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Thu 13 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 14 May 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 15 May 2010, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 17 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 18 May 2010, 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 proudly hosts Surroundings, an exhibition of paintings by friends and fellow Kapiti coast artists, Adele Souster and Jane Ross. The exhibition, featuring oils and pastels, opens on Friday April 23rd and continues through Tuesday 18th May at the gallery.

The artwork, according to the artists, captures on canvas and paper “the images that surround us from our personal life to the vast variety of landscapes in New Zealand.” Souster and Ross first exhibited together at the National Academy gallery in 2006 and “since then have bumped into one another at various other Academy shows and at the Affordable Art Show in Wellington.”

The artists knew that their work is complimentary and thought it would be good to exhibit together once again especially in the Manawatu which has been over the years an area of strong support for the work of each artist both of whom exhibit regularly at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. A reception to honour the artists will be held from 5-7PM at the gallery on Friday 23rd April; the public is cordially welcome to attend and meet these two talented artists.

Jane Ross was born in Wellington and grew up in Tawa. After several years of working for design companies she moved to the Kapiti coast to pursue painting full-time. Her preferred media are either pastel or oil; the main themes in her work are the New Zealand landscape, native bush and the coast – with light being an important aspect. Among the public’s favourites are Jane’s still lifes and her micro landscapes such as shells, seaweed or stones on the beach. Ms Ross has had several solo exhibitions and she exhibits regularly with the NZ Academy of Fine arts in Wellington where she became an Elected Artist Member in 2007. Jane’s paintings are included in collections in England, Ireland, Germany, USA and of course New Zealand and Australia.

Adele Souster was born in Te Kuiti in the central North Island and grew up in Waihi on the Coromandel Peninsula. After gaining a Diploma in Graphic Design from Auckland Technical Institute she began work in the advertising industry in the mid 1970’s. Early in 1984 she moved to Sydney where she worked as a fabric designer; in 1990 she began printmaking classes and was a founding member of the Sydney-based printmaker’s group – ‘Open Bite Printmakers.” While living in Sydney she took up oil painting and her first exhibited work was selected as a finalist in the New South Wales ‘Winsor and Newton Art Awards’ in 1992.

Upon her return to New Zealand in 1997, Adele worked full-time in the publishing business, painting part-time. As the demand for her paintings increased she began painting full-time in 2005. Adele still likes to sketch and attend life drawing classes when she can. The artist enjoys creating work in a variety of mediums and subject matter, but landscapes are the main focus of her work at the present time. The effect of light on the landscape and the detail of the landscape fascinate her. Adele is often out early in the morning or at sundown taking reference photos, sketching and taking notes to enable her to work from this information later in her studio. Souster’s paintings are held in many private and corporate collections in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and elsewhere.

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