AFFORDABLE NEW ZEALAND CONTEMPORARY ART CREATED BY AWARD-WINNING ABSTRACT ARTIST CASSANDRA GAISFORD and LOCAL GUEST ARTISTS
(only 12 minutes from Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand)
“Wonderful exhibition Cassandra Gaisford ….thrilled with our purchases and looking forward to many more …what an inspiring place to have a studio.” ~ Jo Seagar
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“A fine work of art—music, dance, painting, story—has the power to silence the chatter and lift us to another world.” ~ Robert McKee
I opened my studio, my home and my heart on Valentine’s weekend 2021, to launch my tiny gallery—Art@Rangitane. As we are reeled in the wake of the global pandemic I wanted to bring joy to my life and others. As a true champion of the positive power of art, and with a mission to attract people to the area and support local artists, I’m excited about the potential of this new initiative. Showing more of myself in life and art and sharing heaven on earth with tourists, locals and art lovers is an exciting new venture.
I’d never opened or run a gallery before, let alone during a pandemic! Was I confident? Heck no, I was sh*t scared. But I felt the fear, followed my joy, and opened the doors anyway. I’ll share more about this in a future book, in case it’s something you aspire to do.
Look who called in the weekend that I opened the gallery. The fabulous, talented and fun celebrity chef, author and patron of New Zealand Hospice, Jo Seagar. She didn’t mind that the gallery wasn’t even finished—and she fell in love with a special piece called Love Story which she was later gifted by her fabulous friend Jenny for Jo’s birthday.
I love, love, love meeting people who have come from all corners of the world to see my art and soak up the beautiful sea views and the natural environment which inspires my art.
Some of my own most memorable experiences have been purchasing art directly from artists whose philosophy and feel-good vibe I have enjoyed. Artists like Max Gimblett who I was also fortunate to study with during a workshop he held in Hawaii. It’s so cool meeting and purchasing art from the artist in person and I love that others feel that way
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I hope to see you soon. Call in to visit, purchase art, or commission a piece direct from me (or online), or just say “gidday”. You’ll make my day.
Garden Art By Cathy Stougie
I’m super inspired to be helping out a fellow artist who was going to be exhibiting at Koast but due to Covid this was postponed until 2022, and she is now exhibiting her exquisite art sculptures at my gallery and working studio, art@rangitane during the Think Pink exhibition.
Think Pink encourages us to look on the bright side of setbacks that can happen in life, so it’s super apt that we found a way to showcase Cathy’s art.
I created Art@rangitane during the early days of Covid and the vision was always to help support local artists and to showcase local talent and give people a start. It’s so rewarding to see it happening and the amount of community support that locals are giving to our artists.
It’s the first time she has ever exhibited so bravo to Cathy. Let’s show her some support…. my partner and I have purchased several of Cathy’s divine garden art pieces. We just love the way they beautify the garden.
I hope you enjoy Cathy’s bio and a few piccies ….all are for sale by viewing in person or messaging me directly.
Bio: Cathy Stougie, Artist
I have been living in Kerikeri since November 2019. I was raised in Okaihau in my earlier years so I am happy to be home in the North again.
I started pottery about seven years ago, where I attended a class run by The Quarry Art Centre in Whangarei. Jane McCulla was our tutor. In this class there were some very experienced potters, some of whom have their own studios and sold their work at various galleries throughout the country. To everyone’s horror, I had never touched clay before.
My eldest son and daughter-in-law were married in 2016 and I wanted to produce some pottery lilies to display at their wedding. With advice from colleagues, I managed to produce some lilies I was proud of.
The lilies I am making today are an evolution of those very first lilies. I really love colour, texture and movement for the garden. I have also started making orbs and I have been experimenting with different glazes and textures, I feel they will always be evolving as well.
I am constantly learning and experimenting. I enjoy the sense of satisfaction and freedom pottery gives me to relax and to be creative. I have had to learn that things I make with clay don’t necessarily have to be perfectly formed.
All the pieces in Cathy’s first collection sold out within five minutes of the social media post that I shared. Thank you to everyone who supported us …..more pieces have been delivered today. I will share soon!