Stockroom Showcase | Gallery Artists
April 19 – May 5th
We have been making alterations in the gallery and framing workshop, to improve efficiency and try to keep up with demand as Kerikeri’s population grows.
Until the next exhibition in May, a stockroom showcase will be open for newcomers to town to see the variety and quality of artwork we have on offer.
Gallery hours are henceforth Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4pm or by appointment.
Next Exhibition open Friday 12 May, 4 – 6pm
What I can’t say in words | Julia Reinholt with Anna Valdoni & Colin Harrison.
Approaching this exhibition has meant deciding what I might show from sporadic and spontaneous work produced over the years. My style is unpredictable and ever changing, though the theme of my oeuvre is generally my ongoing love affair with the Middle East. Despite her complexity, violent past and present, her beauty always shines through for me. My work has kept developing without compromise since I returned to New Zealand after half a lifetime overseas, still drawing on memories and experiences from the twenty seven years spent in the Middle East. I don’t paint to represent what the world looks like, but more what it feels like. I question and address relevant global issues of conflict, cultural dislocation and social breakdown, as well as the realities of flight, exile and homelessness. It was suggested I do a retrospective of ‘sketches’ from my twenty seven years in the middle east, that I should “get it out of my system, and move on”. I reflected on this, knowing I cannot change who I am anymore than I can predict what I might paint. But nothing is resolved in the Middle East, history keeps repeating itself, if anything it’s more fragile and vulnerable today than at any stage in my lifetime. I ache for those I left in my beloved Middle East who continue to suffer quietly and bravely. Fortunately I have seen that the human spirit is hard to break and I feel the only appropriate response to make is to try to show the beauty, the light in the dark places, the shades in the blackness that feel like colour. My work is constantly informed by the experience of leaving my homeland as a child and existing simultaneously in two worlds since my return to New Zealand. It makes sense and gives relevance to why I paint at all to honour and tell stories of people and places close to my heart, least we forget. Understanding different cultures and people opens doors, it desecrates borders, pulls down walls, prejudices, barriers. I hope this exhibition speaks to the viewer in a positive way and gives hope that I know is still there and always will be, as long as we continue to paint what we can’t say in words.
Anna was born in Rome and has lived in New Zealand since 2012. Anna left Italy in 1978 travelling the world from India, the Americas, Europe. She settle in Greece on the Isle of Skyathos for three years, then enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts in Paris, where she graduated with a BAFA in 1989. Anna then exhibited widely for some twenty years, before visiting Waiheke Island with her family in 2009. She fell in love with Aotearoa, returning to settle in the Manawatu where she completed her Diploma of Fine Arts at UCOL, Wanganui, majoring in painting. The following year, Anna enrolled in the Postgraduate diploma a Maori Visual Art at Massey University in Palmerston North, graduating in 2015.
Anna tutored in the Fine Art Bachelor degree at Massey University and organized workshops for adults and children at Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North. We are lucky to have Anna in Kerikeri, where she has now bought a home, we hope to see a lot more of her work in the future. A few of her new mixed media works will be in this upcoming exhibition.
Colin Harrison will be showing a few of his recent black and white photographs taken in Palestine, while with the He Ao Kotahi | The One World Project filming a documentary with Paitangi.
In the Stockroom:
Laurence Aberhart, Minhal Al Halabi, Ludek Adamek,Robin Anaru Anderson, David Barker, Chris Booth, Lee Brogan,Beverley Cox,Herb Foley, Frank Habicht, Fran Leitch, Scott McFarlane, Rachel Miller, Keri Molloy,Jane Molloy-Wolt, John Papas, Kate du Plooy, Julia Reinholt, Marlene Roberts, Bill Sellers, Kathy Shaw Urlich, Daniel Unverricht , and others…
Works by gallery artists, http://www.kaanzamaan.co.nz/artists/ for more details
Our video of the ANZAC exhibition at Kaan Zamaan ,2015 .
Call 021 1634478 to view by appointment outside gallery hours.
For framing consultations, SHARP FRAMES is open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Our fundraiser last year “WE CARE” .
The total amount raised so far is just over $12 780 ! The money was passed on to Kia Ora Gaza, to help with medical supplies for Gaza. THANK YOU everyone for your generosity, it was an AMAZING effort, let’s hope we bring just a little relief to some of these desperate children’s lives. Some $300 also went to Save The Children.
A view of the opening night, thank you Sophi Reinholt for the video.