Heritage art collection on show

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ASA patron Barbara Jaine (left) and ASA committee member Roz Ledingham check out some of the displayed heritage collection art.

Ashburton Society of Arts (ASA) has delved into its impressive art collection and over the next few weeks will be displaying a number of works that don’t usually see the light of day.

The society’s heritage collection numbers around 60 and most were purchased over a 40-year period from the late 1960s.

ASA patron Barbara Jaine said some 15 works had been chosen and were being displayed on the walls at Short Street studio.

The works were in a variety of mediums and were of local, regional and national interest.

Mrs Jaine said displaying the pieces would perhaps encourage people to think more about how the ASA could display the collection.

“We have an amazing collection from a wide variety of New Zealand artists and it is so nice to be able to display them.”

Art had been purchased by the ASA annually at the Annual Exhibition for many years and had been chosen because of aesthetic appeal, possible investment value and an education tool.

The 15 works on display include paintings in oil, acrylic, pencil and mixed media, printmaking and sculptures.

They include works by two of New Zealand’s foremost printmakers, Barry Cleavin and Marilyn Webb, an acrylic on board from Netherlands-trained artist Els Noordof and sculpture works from Timaru couple Eddy and Gypsy Poulston.

Other items include a porcelain bowl by David Brokenshire, a blue plate by glass maker Garry Nash and earthenware by Patti Meads.

There are paintings of two former ASA presidents, Kath Von Tunzelmann and Austen Deans, and works by Alison Ryde and Michael Eaton.

Mrs Jaine said it was hoped to be able to display other works from the heritage collection next year.

Short Street Studio is open when the signs are out and usually at weekends.