Methven art space Undercoat

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Vashti Johnstone has turned a pop up art space in Methven into a permanent studio and exhibition gallery.

The local artist first welcomed the public to the large airy space in the Methven Mall, close to Supervalue, last October when she set up with fellow painter Jen Dearborn.

Having used the space to create her own work since that time, she has now taken the plunge and established her gallery called Undercoat.

The play on words name had been in her head for many years and now the vision had become a reality, said Ms Johnstone.

The space was light, airy, in the centre of things in Methven and offered an opportunity to showcase her art and future exhibitions.

She had been keen to take a collaborative style art project to other areas of Canterbury and beyond, but had now found her “special place” to work and was staying in Methven.

Vashti Johnstone paints both abstract and expressionist works, often in oils or mixed media.

She calls herself a “maker” of art and has also produced sculptures.

“Colour is important to me and I love layering paint,” she said.

She said Undercoat Gallery would host art workshops, guest artists and creative launches and was “not just about painting”.

“My vision includes upcycling objects for art where possible.”

A dozen works created by Vashti Johnstone will be among the art exhibits at the official opening of the Undercoat Gallery tomorrow night. The public is welcome to drop in from 6.30pm.

More information on the gallery and the artist is available on Facebook.