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Different Strokes

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  • Sat 18 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 19 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 21 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 22 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 23 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 24 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 25 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 26 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 28 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 29 Feb ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 1 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 2 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 3 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 4 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 6 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 7 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 8 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 9 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 10 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 11 Mar ’12, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Riverton Arts Centre, 129 Palmerston St, Riverton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Paintings from Jill Howie, Narene Lucas and Fiona Michels, three emerging artists who have all studied with guest artist Karen Pringle.

These talented Southland artists draw on a variety of inspiration - nature, colour, light, balance, buildings, landscape, imagination.

Karen Pringle studied art at Waitaki Girls’ High School, then attended Teachers Training College in Dunedin majoring in art. She was a primary school teacher for seven years in Invercargill. She now works as a professional artist and tutor with her first exhibition in 1999. A three-time finalist in the Telecom Art Awards, Karen was the winner of the award for the Southland region in 2000. In 2002 she was winner of the Open award at the Southland Trust Art Society awards. She currently works as Tutor of Acrylic Painting at Southland Workers’ Educational Association Inc. (Southland Education) in Invercargill. Karen is represented in a number of private collections in New Zealand.

Jill Howie enjoys expressing her love of colour predominantly in acrylics and occasionally in oils, never truly knowing how the painting will look until it is completed, finding that the painting "usually has a mind of its own". She usually works from her own photos and has been commissioned a number of times. Inspiration for painting comes from many things, initially it is colour and the way light falls on a subject. "The ever changing landscape demands to be painted over and over."

Based at Otatara, near Invercargill, Narene Lucas loves the beauty of colour whether vibrant or earthy. She also uses texture in her work with thick pastes and papers to achieve different effects. Drawn to colour and shape, she enjoys painting a wide diversity of subjects. Her style is relaxed but complex and can vary greatly depending on her mood at the time and what is happening in her life. She aims to really capture a feeling or emotion in her work while continuing to learn, experiment and further develop her art.

Fiona Michels has been painting for eight years. Her preferred painting medium is acrylic on stretched canvas and her style is smooth and clear with a harmonious balance of shape and colour. Her paintings have been described as having an essence of serenity. This collection comes from a series of photos captured while enjoying a special day with friends on Gemstone Beach at Orepuki. Although these pieces are different to works she has produced in the past, she has enjoyed the journey each painting has taken her on as it has evolved.

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