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Wed 21 Oct 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Thu 22 Oct 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Fri 23 Oct 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sat 24 Oct 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm
Sun 25 Oct 2015, 9:30am–4:30pm

Where: Suter Gallery Cafe, 28 Halifax Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Trees are important elements in the Nelson and Tasman landscapes. Thanks to a benign environment we enjoy trees in our parks, gardens and rural areas that are landmarks and memorials, trees that colourfully signal the change of seasons, reminds of where we may have come from and they provide economic benefit from their wood and fruit.

Perhaps this is why The Suter’s collection includes so many art works that feature trees. Curiously though, there are hardly any that might be regarded as portraits of particular or significant trees. Instead we see the generalised idea of trees such as lombardy poplar, weeping willow and nikau rendered recognisable because of their distinctive silhouettes. In art works, trees may be metaphors, for life’s phases, symbolising either human fragility or resoluteness or as phenomena epitomising the seasons.

The artworks selected date from 1877 with Edmund Warren’s paintings of Epping Forest, right through to a tree sculpture recently completed by guest artist David Carson. Both New Zealand and overseas artists have been chosen from the collection for this exhibition, as well as art works which are on loan to the Suter. These include artists such as Evelyn Page, Charles Heaphy, Susan Norrie and Zina Swanson. Artists strongly associated with Nelson; John Gully, James Crowe Richmond and Irvine Major also feature.

Illustrated Talk: Sunday 2 August at 2pm with Philip Simpson, botanist, author & researcher
Illustrated Talk: [tbc] with Brad Cadwallader, arborist & notable tree expert
Friday Floor-talks: 31 July and 4 September at 12.10pm with Julie Catchpole, exhibition curator & Suter director

Image: Cedric Savage, "Aftermath", Oil on Canvas 965 x 1130 mm. Presented by the estate of F.G. Gibbs in 1953.