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A Botanical Calling

A Botanical Calling

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  • Wed 12 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 13 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 14 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 15 Sep ’18, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Mon 17 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 19 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 20 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 21 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 22 Sep ’18, 10:00am – 2:00pm
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Hastings Community Arts Centre, 106 Russell St South, Hastings


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

It was Andy Heast (the Chair of Arts Inc. Heretaunga) who introduced Ros Stewart to Lizzie Beere 3 years ago. Lizzie had just arrived in Hawke’s Bay with her partner, Martin Fine whose father, David was instrumental in establishing the Hastings Community Arts Centre in the 1990’s.

The pair immediately hit it off. They were creatives. Both had a passion to create and exhibit more.

Ros Stewart is a prominent member of the arts community in Hawke’s Bay. She has been a leader of arts organisations, an organiser of events and all the while creating, exhibiting and offering her multimedia work to a following of local and international clients over a period of 30 years. Ros has attended international art collaborations, her work has been commissioned locally and she first exhibited sculpture in this gallery in 1995 and 1998.

Lizzie Beere had previously studied Art and Design in London and then a stint at Elam in Auckland, when she returned from 16 years based in the UK. She practiced interior design in Auckland and Waikato for a period, but was really keen to spend more time on her art.

Both Lizzie and Martin wanted to move and establish community in Hawke’s Bay. That was 2008 and shortly before his death, Lizzie made a pact with David that she would have an art exhibition of new works at the Arts Centre when she could fulfil her desire to relocate here.

Upon meeting, Lizzie and Ros discovered that they both went to the same school, the same church and they had lived in the same suburb in Wellington. They had even worked at the same hospital at the same time, but never knew of each other.

As their friendship developed they also found that their Mothers, Grandmothers and Aunts all shared a creative spirit and were drawn to botanical art and flowers. It was these connections that led them to embark on this exhibition and the opportunity to explore abstract expressions of their inheritance.

This is the essence of ‘A Botanical Calling’, pulling together threads of lives and experiences from their childhood, merged with their current creative interests and passion. At the exhibition you will see installations of some of their inherited matriarchal floral art-works as a veneration of their deep love of nature, gardens, floriculture and family and the way it has intertwined and enriched their lives.

Lizzie and Ros are showing new paintings, photography, installations, sculpture and multi-media works.

Their aim is to embrace the viewer with a beautiful, rich botanical art experience, within the quiet space that is the Hastings Community Arts Centre.

They are sharing the bottom floor exhibition space, having encouraged each other to make these new bodies of work.

This show is deliberately timed to coincide with the Blossom Festival, celebrating Hawke’s Bay’s abundance of flora and nature.

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