The Northland Society of Arts is pleased to invite you to a new exhibition in Reyburn House Art Gallery starting on Tuesday 5th July until Sunday 31st July. The gallery is being shared by three artists; Patricia Brickell, Anne Groufsky and Beb Hearn.
I like to make paintings that make the viewer feel happy. I want to excite the viewer and myself with creative expression – a sky full of passion, and a land full of opportunity; mountains of mystic splendour for adventure. Please enjoy my 3rd solo exhibition of paintings and poetry around the walls of Reyburn Gallery.
Patchwork, Quilting and Embroidery have been a compelling interest since the late 1970’s.I enjoy making quilts in response to an idea or image. The shapes of doors and windows and buildings have been a recurring theme since 2005. Many of these quilts were made while living in Christchurch as a response to the character of urban Christchurch and as a record of some of my favourite buildings. Unfortunately several of these buildings were damaged and demolished after the 2010/2011 earthquakes.
I moved to Whangarei in 2013 and developed an interest in dyeing cotton and silk fabric using local plants, including pohutukawa, lichen, carrot top and fennel.
Some of the quilts on display feature my hand-dyed fabrics.
I enjoy the process and stages of making quilts from choosing the colours, to sewing the pieces into a larger whole and the final quilting and hand stitching to add texture.
Beb’s interest in art began in early childhood in the Netherlands where her sketchbook was constantly with her throughout the school years.
Marriage in 1957 had brought her to New Zealand where she attended Thyrza Bindon’s interior decorating classes. A move to Wellington gave her an opportunity to study oils.
She went on to study at evening classes in England. Later tuition by Joyce Meyer and Brenda Watering in 1969 in drawing and pastels widened her skills and she exhibited and sold pastel and watercolours including commissioned portraits and local buildings.
After returning from The UK in 1990, Beb joined Jan Stephen’s class in Reyburn Art studio where she studied acrylics and was helped to “loosen up” and be bolder.
Beb was an active member of the Northland Society of Arts for many years and has exhibited her work in the Society’s Reyburn House Art Gallery, Kowhai Trust Gallery and Marina Gallery. She continues to paint from her studio at home.
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Reyburn House Art Gallery, Whangarei
Sunday 31 July 2022