Exhibition features lockdown art

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Creative Works . . . Riversdale Arts president Kerryn Miller and Waikaia artist Crosbie Grieve with some of the artworks to be exhibited at the Breakout Exhibition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Riversdale Arts committee members will introduce a new exhibition featuring artwork created during lockdown.

More than 50 art pieces will be on display at the Croyden Aviation Heritage Centre early next month.

The exhibition will open on October 1 and run until October 31.

Exhibition administrator Jan Robertson said it was the perfect opportunity for members to showcase their art work.

“We’ve decided to call it the Riversdale Arts Breakout exhibition, just because we have broken out of lockdown.”

During Alert Level 4 the artists had created a range of art and needed a space to display their pieces, she said.

“We wanted to share some of the art we had done during lockdown with others.”

The exhibition was a great way to promote local art which people could not see anywhere else, she said.

The exhibition would feature a range of art including painting, pottery and textile.

“There will be different styles of art from different artists,” Mrs Robertson said.

Some of the artists included committee president Kerryn Miller, and committee members Christine O’Connor and Crosbie Grieve.

An art group will also run fortnightly on Wednesdays to encourage artists and create a place where they can connect with each other, she said.

He was looking forward to the exhibit, Mr Grieve said.

“It will be quite fun and everyone seems like they can’t wait to see it up and running.”

Some of his water colour art work incorporated landscapes and old buildings.

“I tend to paint a lot of old buildings. I like landscape and New Zealand has quite a history with old buildings compared with other countries.

“Most of our farm sheds were built from what was available at the time.

“When I think of a shearing shed, I think of the thousands of sheep and the hundreds of shearers who have been in it.

“I mean there is a whole history that’s been in those sheds, so that’s the kind of thing I think about and like to paint.”