New year artists on show
Two artists well known to locals will take centre stage and combine their talents at the Mangawhai Art Centre over the New Year period.
Self-taught acrylic painter Pauline Gough has been painting and exhibiting prolifically since 2010 and is becoming known for her vibrant paintings. She loves to work with thick acrylic paint and sometimes incorporates other media (inks, charcoal, pastels) into her paintings.
She paints a variety of subjects but her farming background often steers her towards racehorses, landscapes, her signature cows, and musicians.
Pauline has her own studio in Dargaville which is open most days. Her work can also be found on the regular art trails in Mangawhai (close to Easter and Labour Weekends) and Cambridge Art Gallery.
“When I start a painting, I'm thinking shape, movement and rhythm,” she says. “This is done with exciting use of colour, energetic brushstrokes and interesting composition. I hope the public enjoys my exhibition.”
Elena Nikolaeva has entitled her exhibition ‘Squiggles and Giggles.’
“It will be New Year, a happy holiday time so I want to deliver a variety of light, bright pieces both in terms of paintings but mostly sculpture,” she says.
Elena has an incredible insight which enables her to see shapes and the promise of an interesting piece in all sorts of materials be it metal, brass, tin, wire or driftwood. Her vivid imagination and ability as a sculptor then takes over to fashion weird, clever and funky works that may defy description but are sure to add a special dimension to a wall, a mantelpiece, a newly decorated room or a gift with a difference.
Visitors are sure to enjoy the individuality but also the varying talents of these two artists.
n What: Meet and greet, Wine & cheese Open Night, 29 December, 5.30pm. Mangawhai Artists Gallery (opposite gas station). Exhibition: Open daily 10am - 3pm. December 29 to January 9.
Pauline Gough (painting)
Elena Nikolaeva (sculpture)