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Artists In Residence

When:

Sat 3 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 4 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 11 Mar 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: The Little Gallery of Fine Arts, 226 Main Rd, Tairua, The Coromandel

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: The Little Gallery

The Little Gallery Tairua is excited to present 'Artists in Residence': a multi-day art event to run concurrently to the annual Mercury Bay Art Escape this March.

Four established artists from around the Mercury Bay region will be exhibiting exclusively at The Little Gallery Tairua: Paula McNeill, Verena Tagmann, Dhyana Muir and Julie Whyman.

Showcasing both new and past works, ‘Artists in Residence’ will offer a comprehensive insight into the diverse, innovative and ever-evolving practices of four of our most popular artists.

Much like an open studio, the four artists will reside in the gallery and host the event. Enjoy the opportunity to meet them and experience a personal guided tour of the exhibition, with the chance to engage and learn more about our artists and their work from a first-hand perspective.

The Little Gallery also represents many of the artists participating in the Mercury Bay Art Escape Open Studios, and is a must-see destination for experiencing a snapshot of the local talent. Plan your stop to our gallery as part of your MBAE tour today!

‘Artists in Residence’ will be held in The Little Gallery Tairua during the first two weekends of March: Saturday 3 March – Sunday 4 March, and Saturday 10 March – Sunday 11 March.

About our Artists in Residence: Paula McNeill (MBAE Artists' Choice Award Winner, 2015)

Award-winning artist Paula McNeill resides in Tairua. Known for her experimental approach to abstract and mixed media painting, Paula seeks to challenge both herself and the viewer to evoke uninhibited, emotional sensations through her work.

Strongly influenced by European abstraction and expressionism, Paula’s work is widely recognised for its modern appeal. Paula’s most recent works experiment with the print medium, incorporating etching, collage and chine colle to explore mark-making and abstraction in its purest forms.

Verena Tagmann (MBAE Artists' Choice Award Winner, 2016).

Swiss-born artist Verena Tagmann comes from a background in design, which continues to influence her current practice in mixed media abstraction. Now living in Whitianga, Verena’s work is often inspired by her coastal surroundings.

Verena’s passion for contemporary European architecture can be seen to manifest in her paintings through the structural collagist approach she employs – exploring techniques such as deconstruction and re-assemblage, and often reducing subjects to their simplest expressions. A skilled colourist, Verena’s work is appreciated for its rich, distinctive and playful palette.

Dhyana Muir:
Based in Tairua, Dhyana Muir is a multidisciplinary artist, working across painting, photography, and jewellery, as well as publishing several children’s books. Dhyana takes an expressive approach to painting, using colour and gesture to reveal the unconscious spiritual.

Her unrestrained, energetic painting process translates into bold abstract pieces that possess a sense of immediacy and sincerity, inviting the viewer to share in her subjective sensory experience of the world.

Julie Whyman:
Julie Whyman is an established painter living in Hamilton, Waikato. Gravitating towards colours and forms found in nature, Julie portrays imaginative landscapes, portraits and abstractions which capture a surreal, otherworldly beauty.

Julie is especially attuned to the interrelationship between humans and nature and explores this connection in her work, weaving together figures with landscapes, flora with fauna. Through her distinctly stylised aesthetic and restful choice of palette, Julie’s paintings inspire a restorative sense of calm and unity.