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Selected Works by Val Donkervoort


Sat 10 Jan 2015, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 12 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 13 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 14 Jan 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 15 Jan 2015, 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 opens its exhibition year with a selection of 15 recent paintings by Val Donkervoort, formerly of Palmerston North but now living in the Hawkes Bay. Selected Works comprises an overview of the artist’s universe and her interest in texture and paintings that tell a story. Known mostly for her romantic paintings of old doors, windows and buildings, Val’s exhibition will include works reflecting her broader interest in the world around her especially the peaceful elegance of flowers. Val Donkervoort (nee Hampson) is a self-taught artist who has been painting for enjoyment for about 20 years. The artist invites everyone to ‘take a look’ and enjoy her work as much as she enjoys producing these delightful paintings. Working in acrylic, watercolour or mixed media, the artist captures an image while challenging herself not to paint in the same style each and every time. Pushing herself to go outside of her comfort zone utilising as appropriate to her subject matter or the mood she wishes to create, the paint choice to best portray the image. Val says: “Art should be challenging and exciting. I love the movement of watercolours, the strong colours of acrylic and the textures achieved with mixed media.”

Val Donkervoort was raised in Palmerston North, went to Aokautere School, Palmerston North Intermediate and Girls High School. Her great-grandfather, Anders Hans Ihle, an early settler in the area, was a much-feted construction engineer. Ihle built the iron-railed railway from Foxton to Palmerston North in 1873 replacing the old wood-rail tram. He completed the construction of the Fitzherbert Bridge in 1877, the first bridge over the Manawatu River. Ihle continued to construct about 60 road and river bridges in the district including the railway line that once ran through the Square in Palmerston North. Donkervoort writes: “I am very proud to have a pioneer like Anders Ihle in the family tree. And it is great to come back to my home to exhibit!”

Val has also lived in Tauranga where she became involved with the Tauranga Society of Artists. She was President of the 200 plus member organisation for two years, exhibition coordinator for 5 years and was made a Life Member in 2010. Val and her family moved to the Central Hawkes Bay in 2011 for a quieter pace of life and joined the Otane Arts & Crafts Society.

The artist teaches beginner and intermediate artists in watercolours and acrylic where she enjoys seeing her pupils emerge and grow their art talents. Val also runs workshops on the use of mixed media and texturing.

Donkervoort has exhibited regularly in the Hawkes Bay and the Bay of Plenty winning numerous awards. She was the runner-up in the Tauranga Society of Artists’ Supreme Art Award in 2008. Her work was selected for a recent exhibition at the Pukeora Estate and Vidals Winery where she won the award for ‘The Best in Exhibition’ and came in second in the People’s Choice award. Val sells her work locally and throughout New Zealand; many of her paintings have gone overseas to Canada, England, Wales, Ireland and Australia.

When not working in her garden or painting, Val and her family can be found touring New Zealand in their motor home.

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