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Month: May 2010 (page 2 of 4)

Autumn: Mist

View from Mount Atkinson

View from Mount Atkinson

More on the autumn theme.

Our extended Indian summer has given way to heavy rain. All the more reason to look back to Wednesday morning, when this was the glorious view from the top of Mount Atkinson (map), looking over South Titirangi to the Manukau Harbour opening to the Tasman Sea at top right of the picture.

Book Launch: Mary McIntyre at Whitespace

Book Launch: Mary McIntyre at Whitespace

Book Launch: Mary McIntyre at Whitespace

On Tuesday evening, Whitespace Contemporary Art hosted the launch of Robin Woodward‘s book “Mary McIntyre – Painter”. The evening marked also the opening of an exhibition of work by Mary McIntyre, as well as an exhibition of pieces by metal artist Greer Twiss. This is a subjective and incomplete selection of impressions of the evening.

In the top row we see Gallery director Deborah White in front of Mary’s painting “Deborah Whitespace”, then gallery co-director Kenneth Johnson and the book, and art critic TJ McNamara in front of his portrait. The second row shows (left to right) painter Jan Nigro with Rita Webster, and Herta with Mary McIntyre at the signing of the book.

The book by Robin Woodward is published by Whitespace, Auckland, May 2010. Mary McIntyre is represented by Deborah White of Whitespace. Robin Woodward is also the author of the book “Steve Woodward” (the sculptor who featured a number of times on this blog – no relation of hers), also published by Whitespace.

Greer Twiss was kind enough to pose with one of his larger works – the dog that goes with it is obscured.

Greer Twiss

Greer Twiss

Live musical entertainment was provided by Jonathan Besser (keyboard), with John Bell (vibraphone) and Peter Scott (bass).

The Musicians

The Musicians

Painted Boxes: Foliage and Bugs

Painted Boxes: Foliage and Bugs

Painted Boxes: Foliage and Bugs

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

Opposite of Bruce McLaren Intermediate School (in Bruce McLaren Road, Henderson – map) are two transformers, painted by Mandy Patmore with stencil work by the MPHS Young Believers (a youth group associated with the McLaren Park Henderson South community initiative). This is the green/black one of them, depicting leaves of some plants in the bush, and some of the creatures which inhabit (and eat) them. (The blue transformer may feature another time.)

There are several other examples of painted boxes where artists have involved local youths in the process – a great concept!

Painted Boxes: Foliage and Bugs

Painted Boxes: Foliage and Bugs

Fishing from the Rocks (Piha)

Fishing from the Rocks (Piha)

Fishing from the Rocks (Piha)

On a nice day, surrounded by glorious scenery and the pounding of waves — and the prospect of a tasty meal …

The gulls are never too far away.

Fishing from the Rocks (Piha)

Fishing from the Rocks (Piha)

Soap Bubbles

Soap Bubbles

Soap Bubbles

Grandson Felix from Sydney paid us a brief visit. Here we see him blowing soap bubbles on the deck before breakfast.

Autumn: Leaves

Autumn: Leaves

Autumn: Leaves

Autumn: Fungi

Autumn: Fungi

Autumn: Fungi

New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax

Olympic Park, New Lynn, is filled with many artworks. This one is not found in any catalogue, a flax flower woven in situ by an anonymous wit.

Ali Brown has an interesting site about weaving with New Zealand flax (phormium tenax). It contains instructions about weaving a (slightly more elaborate) flax flower.

The reverse side of the flower is shown below.

Flax Flower (Reverse)

Flax Flower (Reverse)

Walking to the Gap (Piha)

Walking to the Gap (Piha)

Walking to the Gap (Piha)

Walking to the gap is one of the staple activities when going to Piha, especially when the tide is out. These two seem to enjoy the imposing walls of conglomerate as well as each other’s company.

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This box is on Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson (map), and controls the barriers of the level railway crossing. The houses — rendered with artistic exuberance — seem to be a reference to the terrace houses in Mt Lebanon Lane and the adjacent Winery Way.

The artist is Dan Mills, who has some more work in this blog.

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