SusanArt News Flash!
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Susan’s (once in every four year) two day exhibitions are attended by approx 3000 visitors from throughout New Zealand as well as some visitors from Australia and North America. In a rare move, Susan has agreed to a special exhibition of her works, many of which are inspired by Otago and Southland New Zealand:
Exhibition: ‘Southern Recollection’ - a collection of 12 paintings
Entry to Susan’s exhibition is complimentary
‘Painting Insights – A talk with Susan Harrison-Tustain’
Sunday 12th February from 4pm – 5.30pm.
Susan is also offering artists a rare opportunity to have a guided introspective into her painting methods and style in a ‘mini workshop’ talk.
This is an exceptional opportunity for you to meet Susan in person - and hear her discuss her work and painting methods and it is where she will also share an insight into what has lead her to an internationally acclaimed career. This will be a talk full of invaluable hints and tips. Susan wants to inspire artists - give them confidence to reach their own full potential - and she will share some of the painting breakthroughs that help her to create paintings that speak to the viewers of her work. Susan believes it is important to give back to the arts.
“Join me on Sunday 12th Feb 4pm - 5.30pm where we can chat and I can share many insights that will help you on your painting journey. I look forward to seeing you!” Susan.
Discussion: ‘Painting Insights’ - A talk with Susan Harrison-Tustain
* Where: Mountfort Gallery, 7 Earl Street, Queenstown
* When: Sunday 12th Feb 2012 4pm-5.30pm
Booking is essential for the ‘Painting Insights’ talk with Susan. We expect this to be popular so the number of places will need to be limited.
Please confirm your booking for Susan’s talk by contacting:
Richard Blakeley, Mountfort Gallery Queenstown:
Susan speaks of her work:
“I love to paint subjects that may at first appear domestic every-day objects. These are the subjects that speak of who we are as New Zealanders, how we live, how we do things and what is important to us. I want my paintings to draw attention to these things, to invite the viewer to take a closer look and see a deeper meaning: perhaps a story of struggle, triumph, hope, ingenuity. This is the Kiwi way that I love. The ‘strangers’ I meet and chat with on my subject gathering adventures, often give me in insight into the lives of those generations who were here before us. I love that these stories find their way into my paintings. This is NZ history and I want to capture it before it is lost.”
‘Ophir Past and Present’ is an example of one of the Susan’s paintings that will be on display the Mountfort Gallery, Queenstown, New Zealand.
“Wanting to capture the real Ophir – I wandered along the main street just as the sun was going down leaving a bright orange fiery sky in the west and a dark indigo blue sky in the east. I happened across Old Pitchers Drapery. One window missing I was compelled to look inside. Warm darks enveloped the first room but I could make out the broken floor boards, the torn wall paper and discarded merchant paraphernalia amongst the detritus. The orange sunset danced on the wall of the room behind and captivated my imagination as if being drawn into the past.
Wow! This was a painting waiting for an artist to reveal .... Aware the light was fading, I finally broke the spell and stepped back to view the shop front. There - in the other window was the reflection of the archetypal General Store that stood across the road! I knew I had to capture this moment within my strokes of paint. The ‘moment, the feeling, the excitement’ I felt when I stood awed by what had presented itself to me. I could visit this place many times and not find that magic twilight, flicker of fiery orange and contrast of indigo blue sky.
The General Store has now been transformed into a beautiful restaurant. I wanted to capture the history of this place - Ophir Past and Present”
Exhibition: ‘Southern Recollection’
Where: Mountfort Gallery, 7 Earl Street, Queenstown
When: 10th – 29th February 2012 11am – 6pm
Exhibition entry is complimentary
There is no confirmation required should you wish to visit Susan’s exhibition.
Here are Susan’s contact details should you wish to discuss the exhibition, paintings, giclee reproductions, art instruction DVDs, her mini-workshop or One on One workshops:
Phone: +64 (0) 7 5433 933
For the Mountfort Gallery website visit: http://www.mountfortgallery.com