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Stitches & Stones: New Artwork by Kathy Boyle & Beth Charles


Fri 25 May 2018, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 26 May 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 28 May 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 29 May 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 30 May 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Kathy Boyle and Beth Charles are both primarily known locally and nation-wide as printmakers but both artists also follow other muses when pursuing their artwork. “Stitches and Stones” showcases Beth Charles’s work as a textile/fabric artist alongside Kathy Boyle’s engravings on plaster and mixed media sculptural forms.

The exhibition theme revolves around the natural world. Charles draws our attention to rising tides and warming seas, “As in previous shows my work is influenced by the natural world; this time thinking a little about rising tides and warming seas: the fragile ecosystem of the ice and the threat of climate change on our flora. My medium is stitch on fabric and I use the natural fraying of the fabric to emphasise this fragility.”

Boyle writes: “Much of my work references our natural environment and explores issues of conservation. It reflects my observations of the changing face of the environment resulting from the activities of human occupations: the gouging of the land by the elemental forces of wind and water erosion and the effect of introduced animals on the landscape. It is my commentary on endangered natural forms, flora and fauna of New Zealand.”

Stitches and Stones is an interpreted visual record of patterns that emerge on the land’s surface encoded with tracks and traces of animals, human habitation and the effects of the natural forces of nature. Boyle continues: “These patterns reference past structures, fence lines that follow the land’s contours and meandering animal tracks.

Pasture cultivation is evident through the regimented lines of crops and the ruts and furrows created by the plough and harrow. Living in a rural situation creates awareness to these ongoing changes and my current art practice is my response to this.”

Beth Charles holds a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited in New Zealand and overseas including North America and Europe, winning several awards. Her artwork is held in corporate and private collections in New Zealand and in private collections in Australia, Japan, England, the Netherlands and the USA. Beth and her husband reside in Palmerston North.

Kathy Boyle is a visual artist working across several disciplines including printmaking, multi-media and installation art. She has been a printmaker for 15 years and was a founding member of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Kathy is the current chairperson of the PCANZ.

In addition to her art practice Kathy draws on 30 years teaching experience to provide a range of printmaking and mixed media workshops for artists, teachers and school students. She also serves as a visiting art teacher in schools within Hawke’s Bay. Her work is held in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

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