arts in the ville

arts in the ville

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Mad Wood Carving all weekend

We are lucky to have the amazing Denise living in Helensville, She will be carving at the Helensville Museum all weekend, with a block of wood for you to have a go yourself.

Denise has been carving for over 20 years, and specialises in figurative work. I was heavily influenced by medieval carving such as you see in churches all over UK, and loved the way a story could be told visually in a small piece of wood...and if you could get hold of a large piece of wood....Wow!!! I carved and sculpted full time in wood and stone UK, which I left in 2007. I mainly work in wood these days, and love finding what story or characters are hidden in the wood.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Whimsical Garden

For the 1st time this year we have a garden full of art open for visitors to see.

The Whimsical Garden/ Home was originally built for Andrew McLeod, son of Isaac and Janet McLeod who arrived in Helensville in 1862. It had 2 owners before it was purchased as a convent for the teaching of nuns of the St Dominic School in 1932. Many local children went to the convent for music lessons and a grotto in the garden contained a shrine for the Virgin Mary.

The home and garden are now owned by Nick and Tracey Roberts and their 2 children Imogen and Bryony. It is a special place full of history. Music and religious icons are still an important theme, with piano steps and a " confessional" within the garden. It is full of other interesting and whimsical garden features that reflect the eclectic artistic interests of the family, from mosaics to flowers made from plates to a full size 'small space' birdcage.

William Robert Boyd to open new studio

A brand new studio will be open for the 1st time for Arts in the Ville. William Robert Boyd has been busy painting walls as well as canvas's to be ready for the October weekend.
William is a self taught painter using Acrylics to create large, colourful works. In 2007 he was awarded the KG Fraser award at the Royal Easter Show for the most outstanding painting out of 1200 exhibits. William has lived in Helensville for 2 years and is delighted to be involved with the local art scene in the town. We are delighted to have him!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Gallery to be part of weekend

A new gallery space in Helensville, showing the work of 3 very different artist will be open all weekend at 87 Commercial Rd, Helensville

Curtis Davies has amazing upholstery.
Bold and bright head boards for children and adults along side furniture repairs and updates.

 Wendy Fraser with her fantastic wood carving.
Having seen wood carving in her Grandmothers house as a child, Wendy was inspired to have a go, this has turned into a life long passion and the results are just stunning

Jo Oram show her glass and silk painting.
Jo started painting on glass in 1997 and in 2002 started playing with silk painting. She is inspired by the colours of nature and enjoys making functional art, the colours of her work are just breath taking.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Moth in Pop up space

A local Helensville business, Moth,  that produces beautiful, screen printed products will have a display in one of your pop up exhibitions. The exhibition will be held in the Meeting Room at the War Memorial hall in the main street of Helensville.

Jeff Thomson open studio

Jeff Thomson will have his studio open on the Saturday of Labour weekend Oct 22nd
His amazing and inspiring work space holds many examples of his metal sculpture and he will be on site working for you to talk to about his work. Jeff has work in private and public collections world wide, we are so lucky to have him living and working in Helensville.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Patiki Gallery

Patiki Gallery, housed at the Helensville railway station. Open Sat & Sun 10am-3pm.
Featuring contemporary Maori, new and preloved art.


Sarah Artea

Sarah Artea will have her amazing artwork on display during the Arts in the Ville weekend. A pop-up gallery will be set up in the meeting room at the war memorial hall.

Mike Rowland

Local Artist Mike Rowland will open his studio for the whole of labour weekend this year.

Mike paints using oils and acrylics on canvas and board. His subjects range from streetscapes, portraits and nature. Sometimes Mike chooses to mix fantasy with documentary.

Mike has exhibited extensively so it will be a real treat to be able to see inside the studio that produces this stunning work.

Dancing Poppies

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