By Mick Jensen
Staveley artists Susie Millichamp and Jen Dearborn have once again combined works for a joint exhibition in Methven.
Titled Colourists, the exhibition at the Methven Heritage Centre has a strong local content and features around 50 works in total.
Buildings and animals feature on some canvases, but the majority of works are colourful landscapes.
It is the fifth annual collaboration for the two art buddies, who meet and paint with others in Staveley on a regular basis.
Both are also very active members of the Ashburton Society of Arts.
Susie Millichamp said her works included some pieces painted “plein air” during a recent trip to France.
Most, however, she said, “oozed” Mid Canterbury scenery.
An established and well-known name in the local art scene, Mrs Millichamp has been painting for 30 years.
Works featured in the joint exhibition include oils, watercolours, acrylics and a number of mono prints for Jen Dearborn, who first tackled that medium a couple of years ago.
“We’ve called the exhibition Colourists because it does feature rather a lot of colour. My works, in particular, are very colourful,” said Mrs Dearborn, who has been a regular artist for eight years.
The joint exhibition was fun and well-supported by the foothills community, she said.
The Colourists exhibition runs until the end of September, with all paintings for sale and on view daily from 9am until 5pm.