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Getting Out Of Your Artistic Comfort Zone

MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 22 February 2013

Getting Out Of Your Artistic Comfort Zone

A new exhibition opening soon at Hawera’s Lysaght Watt Gallery offers a challenge to artists to explore something new or pick up a creative thread from the past. Out of Our Comfort Zone will present works by fifteen Taranaki artists and aims to showcase the diverse skills, strengths and wide scope of subject and media they use.

“The title of the show, Out of Our Comfort Zone presents the idea for artists to do just that – get out of their comfort zone. Artists will exhibit two works each; one in a style and medium typical and familiar of their work and one that explores a new genre, challenging them to express themselves in a creative medium fresh to their everyday practice.” says curator, South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman.

Artists featured in the exhibition are Anne Holliday, Antonia O’Mahony, Anna Korver, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Catherine Tamou, Cecilia Russell, Dale Copeland, Katey Pittwood, Katie Bayliss, Lisa Walsh, Mark Bellringer, Milarky, Paul Hutchinson and Steve Molloy.

“The show offers an opportunity for artists to display work that doesn’t need to fit into the mould of what audiences expect to see from them,” says Micaela.

“The aim is for artists to experience pleasure in the creative process and enjoy new paths this exploration may lead them down. It ‘s up to each artist how far out of their comfort zone they want to step,“ she says.

The show is part of Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, run by the Human Rights Commission in March each year. Works will include painting, installation, ceramics, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage.

All are welcome to attend the opening at 6pm, Tuesday 5 March - come along, enjoy refreshments and meet the artist behind the work. The exhibition runs until 1 April 2013 - Lysaght Watt Gallery, 6 Union St, Hawera (beside the Hawera Town Square).

Out of Our Comfort Zone
5 March- 1 April 2013
Opening: 6pm Tuesday 5 March 2013 - All welcome
Lysaght Watt Gallery, 6-8 Union St, Hawera
Open: Monday-Friday 10am – 1pm Saturday 10am- 1pm

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