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Thistle Hall Community Gallery Listings

Thistle Hall Community Gallery Listings

Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to the emerging. Thistle Hall is located on the corner of Cuba and Arthur streets. The shows on at Thistle Hall Community Gallery are run by the artists who hire it.

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OPENING: 5.30 - 7.30pm Monday 26 November.
OPEN: 11.00am - 6.00pm Tuesday - Saturday.

Born in the Hawke’s Bay, Donovan trained as an art teacher and has been a regular exhibitor for over 20 years. This show reveals Donovan in the true spirit of the anthem of American Blues music, whose roots lie in the American Civil War, an ethos which has consistently been at the heart of his work. Naive in style, the content is far from it. This is social commentary, central to which is the conduit of musicianship as the expression of the humanity, the soul of man in the company of friends and neighbours to share the rhythmic uplifting poetics of life, in all its diversity. Which side or which track you are on does not matter, music transcends the divide, crossing boundaries through time and space. This exhibition projects, and tracks the heritage of the Blues on both canvas and objects, tapping into the keeping-it-real ethos of everyday lives of people on the street: their stories, our stories, here, there and elsewhere.

Up Next
4 - 9 DECEMBER 2012

OPENING: 6.00pm Tuesday 4 December.
OPEN: 11.00am - 7.00pm Wednesday - Sunday.

Following their successful "A Curious Nature" art exhibition at Thistle Hall in November 2011, Wellington based Artists Rieko and Minu would like to introduce their new exhibition concept "The Wolf and The Fox".

"The Wolf and The Fox" juxtaposes the mystical Kitsune (Red Fox) tales from Japan and the classic Bad Wolf from Germany folk tales, challenging the viewer to explore different viewpoints and meanings between the known - and unknown - archetypes and symbols.

The show will include oil, acrylic, works on paper, plush creatures and sculptures set side by side, creating a theatre like scenery.

The fairytale characters in Rieko's portraits seem to be reluctant to reveal their stories. Her anthropomorphic animals are placed in sceneries that seem to be taken from almost forgotten childhood tales. Both subjects have a curious nature giving the viewer a window into their character and feelings. Her paintings are influenced by the pop surrealism movement, while maintaining a romantic innocence.

Minu's creations are influenced by European folk tales and traditional book illustration, as well as the contemporary illustrations in pop and street art culture. Her cute characters reveal an often melancholic and almost mischievous side at the second glance. Originally from Germany, Minu now works as an illustrator, printmaker and toymaker in Wellington. Her work is known from her participation in several group shows in Wellington, as well as her appearances at the New Zealand Artshow in 2010 and 2011.

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Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm
Fridays 12pm - 6pm


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