In case you haven’t seen the June/July BayBuzz Digest, here are three articles covering the Bay’s art world that provide some inspiring relief from council issues.

Roy Dunningham reviews the recent Hastings City Art Gallery exhibition, The Labours of Herakles, by Marian Maguire. He called it “the most interesting and satisfying exhibition of New Zealand art that I have seen for some time.” Roy also rates as “must see” the current retrospective (through August 9) at the Hastings City Art Gallery of the work of Maori artist John Bevan Ford, He Aho Tangata: The Human Threads.

Bridget Sutherland reviews Light in a Dark Place, an exhibition held recently at the Community Arts Centre in Hastings. The works on show were created by artists from the Mosaic Creative Space in Taradale. This program is run by Presbyterian Support to facilitate creativity in the community for those who for various health reasons do not have easy access to the mainstream art world. RealPeople@Mosaic operates a commercial gallery onsite where one can view (and purchase!) works.

Finally, Brooks Belford, in A Stitch in Time, reviews Look South, an exhibition of textile artist and local resident Clare Plug, on view at the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery through November 1. The works displayed were inspired by Clare’s sojourn in Antarctica as an artist-in-residence. Says Brooks: “This is not your grandmother’s quilt show.”


Tom Belford

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