Pop-up gallery space in Methven

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Vashti Johnstone works on this canvas, while Amelia James in the background works on a new song.

A pop-up art gallery and studio is providing a creative space for two artists in Methven this week.

Jen Dearborn and Vashti Johnstone are painting and welcoming the public into a large airy space in the Methven Mall close to Supervalue.

The public is invited to check out the art project, dubbed Undercoat, and also to lay their mark on an evolving community canvas work.

The pop up space was the idea of Vashti Johnstone, who is keen to take the collaborative style art project to other areas of Canterbury and beyond.

Ms Johnstone said the empty shop was light, airy and a great space to share her passion for art.

Taking the first step of putting paint on canvas was a daunting prospect for some, but she was a free spirit and “guided by the moment” in the art she produced.

She enjoyed painting both abstract and expressionist works and painted in oils and mixed media.

Fellow local artist Jen Dearborn paints in oils and acrylics and is also demonstrating the process of producing mono prints over the week.

Her works include a number of aerial landscapes.

All completed works in the gallery are for sale and the artists will be on site from 9am until late through to October 9.

Sharing the creative space with the pair is talented local singer Amelia James, who is writing songs and singing them in the chilled out space.