Four Waipā artists with decades of experience between them – three from the Te Awamutu area and one from Cambridge – are taking part in a school holidays art exhibition at Te Awamutu’s Burchell Pavilion, adjacent to the town’s Information Centre.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Nature’s Wonders’, is centred around paintings depicting a variety of landscapes, birds, seascapes and other scenes of natural beauty. It will open at the pavilion from 10am to 3pm on each of three days – July 20, 21 and 22.
The four are Te Awamutu artists Patricia Win, Linda Bannister and Gail McGuire, and Cambridge’s Robyn Cudby. They will be joined by guest macrame fibre artist Juliette Riddell, who comes from an area between Te Awamutu and Ōtorōhanga.
Patricia Win, who came up with the idea of the exhibition, moved to Te Awamutu recently from Matamata. She has been painting for most of her life, settling into her preferred oils with the sometime addition of acrylics. She has a home gallery and has taught adult students through the years.
Linda Bannister, who started her journey as an artist about 10 years ago, has been central to the revitalisation of Te Awamutu’s Rosebank Art Centre over the past couple of years. She has always been interested in art but it was only once she and her husband started a B&B that she was able to advance her painting.
A teacher for most of her working life, Gail McGuire has long taken an interest in art. She gave up teaching when Covid hit and has since concentrated more on developing her preferred artistic style. Most of her paintings are in acrylics.
Cambridge’s Robyn Cudby has been painting for about 20 years, starting with water colours, oils and drawing. She has done several workshops and has settled into her preferred medium of acrylics.