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City Gallery Wellington Announces Summer

21 October 2004

City Gallery Wellington Announces Summer 2004 Exhibitions

This summer, City Gallery Wellington is proud to present exhibitions by three senior New Zealand artists who have dedicated their lives to art-making: Melvin Day, Joanna Margaret Paul and Max Gimblett.

City Gallery Wellington director Paula Savage says: “Although these are three very different artists, each shows a passionate commitment to their art practice which audiences are sure to find very appealing.”

‘Melvin Day – Continuum’ surveys the career of senior Wellington artist Melvin (Pat) Day. Day began his art training in 1934, aged only 11: seven decades on, he still paints avidly, and has earned a faithful following throughout New Zealand, and particular renown in the Wellington region, where he has been living and painting since 1968.

Paula Savage says: “Pat Day is a Wellington institution. His painting has shaped the way that people see this place – the harbour, the hillsides, the unique landforms. We are very pleased to be able to present this exhibition to the local audience, and to visitors from throughout the country.”

Also showing this summer is an exhibition that pays tribute to another significant figure in Wellington’s art scene, Joanna Margaret Paul. ‘beauty, even: Joanna Margaret Paul, 1945-2003’ commemorates the work of this painter, writer and filmmaker, whose art found the beauty in everyday life. ‘beauty, even’ is a partnership between City Gallery Wellington and the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui.

‘Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things’ is the third show in City Gallery Wellington’s summer programme. Although he has lived in New York for the past three decades, Gimblett has a strong commitment to maintaining and developing his connection with New Zealand. This touring exhibition from the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki , curated by Wystan Curnow, demonstrates the beauty and elegance of Gimblett’s painting, and emphasises his place as one of our leading abstract painters.

City Gallery Wellington is also proud to announce Montana Wines as the Principal Sponsor of the summer exhibitions. Scott Ashton, sponsorship manager for Allied Domecq Wines NZ Ltd, owners of Montana, says: “Montana Wines is very pleased to be associated with City Gallery Wellington in presenting the work of these three exceptional artists. As the Principal Sponsor, we take great pride in the role we play in bringing the best of New Zealand art to local, national and international visitors.”

‘Melvin Day – Continuum’, ‘beauty, even: Joanna Margaret Paul, 1945-2003’ and ‘Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things’ all open on 12 December 2004, and run until 6 March 2005. Entry to all the summer exhibitions is free.

Principal Sponsor: Montana Wines.

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council ‘Melvin Day – Continuum’ City Gallery Wellington 12 December 2004 – 6 March 2005 Exhibition initiated by City Gallery Wellington.

‘beauty, even: Joanna Margaret Paul, 1945-2003’ City Gallery Wellington 12 December 2004 – 6 March 2005 Exhibition developed by City Gallery Wellington and the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui The assistance of the New Zealand Film Archive is gratefully acknowledged

‘Max Gimblett: The Brush of All Things’ City Gallery Wellington 12 December 2004 – 6 March 2005 An Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki touring exhibition


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