DIAMONDS & RUST EXHIBITION

Tonight was opening night of the much anticipated ‘Diamonds & Rust’ exhibition at EscVelocity, where amazing and beautiful art occupied an equally amazing and creative space. Walls and floors were filled by two artists; NIKO THOMSEN (wrought iron sculpture) and MELINA MARTIN (printmaker). Using two very different mediums and styles, their work was brought together seamlessly by earthy tones and New Zealand’s spectacular native birds, flora and fauna. I loved...

CROSS CREEK, RIMUTAKA CYCLE TRAIL

We hiked up the Rimutaka Incline Trail to explore Cross Creek Station for the first time today. I’ve been wanting to come here ever since visiting the FEATHERSTON LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM where we watched ‘The Incline’, a historical documentary on the gruelling operation of the Rimutaka Hill Train. Cross Creek existed solely for the operational requirements of the Incline and a small settlement was established near by for the staff. The...

CAMPBELL KNEALE EXHIBITION, ESCVELOCITY

I missed the Opening Night of Campbell Kneale’s Exhibition of “What I Do Is Secret”. It’s the second showcase at ESCVELOCITY’s Featherston Gallery and if the first was anything to go by, there would have been another big crowd in attendance to support community and local art. When I visited the following week the gallery was void of visitors. Sometimes I really like to take in art like this, by myself,...

WORLD CAMERA DAY 2017

On a freezing cold and foggy World Camera Day morning, Lucy COOPS HOOPS and I hit the back roads of Greytown in search of wintery sights and scenes. We found and explored the old Wire Shed, abandoned dirt roads and a dewy river bank before returning to town to photograph the main street. Never short of contrasting lines and textures with a thick soupy fog as our backdrop, it was...

WAIRARAPA ART SALE 2017

Tonight was the opening of the WAIRARAPA ART SALE, an exhibition and showcase of more than fifty amazingly talented local artists hosted by the Featherston Community Centre. Included in the 2017 exhibition are a few notable names, like SHEYNE TUFFERY and JAKE WALKER, as well as lots of artists showing in the public arena for the very first time. I’ve be fortunate enough to be involved with the art install this year. It was such a great...

GREYTOWN HONEY

When your friends are local Beekeepers and you say you’d love to know where the honey you are eating comes from… expect to be shown. Up close and personal (and without a bee suit!) I watched as Alex from GREYTOWN HONEY split a couple of hives in scenic Gladstone. Grateful for the educational tour and that despite only having a wide angle lens on my camera, I was able to get in...

AUTUMN AT LAKE FERRY

Today we drove forty minutes out to Lake Ferry, a small settlement between the shores of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay, Wairarapa. There we stood on the gravelly shore and looked out across the Cook Strait. There was heat in the Autumn sun but the air was so crisp and clean. There is little sand here, instead dark stones, and also the most beautiful light coloured driftwood. In abundance. It is...

EMMA MAKES EXHIBITION

Tonight was the opening of the first artist exhibition at escVelocity, Featherston. It was host to local creative EMMA MAKES, a talented printmaker and textile extraordinaire. Her show ‘Fly Away Home’ featured a unifying theme of flora and native birds and it was gorgeous. It has all the feels of home, Chrysanthemums, Kiwis, Piwakawaka and more. The newly finished space was perfection, bringing together the community and art lovers in a joint celebration of Emma...