Kapiti Observer : September 29th 2011
27 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 4061662AA 4018057AA CONTEMPORARY NZ/MAORI CLAY ART Garden and Studio Gallery open most Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm or by appointment phone 027 447 0163 83 Rutherford Dr Waikanae Beach (Road to Peka Peka) Large garden sculptures and smaller inside pieces, also Raku, Pitfired and Smoked Pottery by Michelle Retimana www.creativecoast.co.nz/michelle-retimana-artist.html 4034260AA mixedmediadesign.co.nz o.nz Gail Mylne Lindsay Butler Glass and Ceramics by: Paintings in Mixed Media by: jli b jeli.vpweb.co n Lindsay But JELI BELINI 52 Mahaki Rd, Nikau Valley Mahara Gallery Mahara Place, Waikanae Village, Ph: 04 902 6242 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.maharagallery.org.nz Open Arts Trail weekend, 1 & 2 October 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, entry free 14AUG-13NOV2011 Proud to present the recent works of artists Lynda Mapplebeck, Pamella Annsouth, Diana Bahler and Mere Wehipeihana Ground floor, no stairs! At the lights, 40 Main Highway, email@example.com www.kapitilaw.co.nz 4018674 401868AA Janet Strand Modern landscapes, golf courses and abstracts. 4039570AA KEEPERS GALLERY This former methodist church (1891) will thrill you with exceptional woodwork pieces, exquisite quilts and beautiful handcrafts. Check out our fascinating 1860s-1960s display 19 Aotaki Street, Otaki Ph 06 364 8066 4034249AA Art helps breach gaps in colour awareness By SADIE BECKMAN Life in colour: Peter Augustin among his vibrant works at home in Peka Peka. ' Everyone has their own colours. Some people don't know this. ' The link between colour and emotion is central to the striking figurative works of Peka Peka artist Peter Augustin, who is taking part in his fifth Kapiti Arts Trail. Born in Slovenia and having spent a large part of his life in Switzerland, including studying under respected Swiss artist Paul Haehlen, Augustin moved to New Zealand in 2004. He is now a member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, NZ Art Guild, New Zealand Watercolour Society and Kapiti Art Society. Without limiting himself to any one technique, Augustin uses methods such as brushes, sponges, pallet knives and bare hands to produce works often dominated by the human form. Augustin's paintings are symbolic and use colour to depict emotion, something he feels people can take away from his art and bring into their own lives. He wants his work to open people up to colour, which he says can be positive or negative, and can change every year. ''Everyone has their own colours,'' he says. ''Some people don't know this.'' Working from his home studio, where he also runs 'ArtStay' guesthouse, Augustin hopes the Arts Trail will increase his exposure as an artist in Kapiti, which can be hindered by being slightly ''out of the way'' in Peka Peka, he says. The varied array of work and beautiful surroundings at Augustin's Peka Peka home are an attractive stop on the trail, with the artist happy to interact and talk with visitors, gleaning insight and feedback for the development of his art. ''Even if they don't buy, I am lucky if they have a comment about my work,'' he says. Exhibiting at Peka Peka alongside Augustin on the Kapiti Arts Trail is Wendy Masters, one of New Zealand's foremost watercolour painters, described as having a unique style in landscape and still life. She has also branched out into sculptural ceramics and bronze works. Augustin often collaborates with other artists for exhibitions and events, using the creativity of others for inspiration. He describes his prolific use of the human form as important because ''people are part of nature, good or bad.''
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