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Artistic support for hospice: Nurse Maude Hospice

ARTarama 2020 is a don’t miss event for those wanting to buy exceptional works of art donated by artists to raise money for Nurse Maude Hospice.


For 10 years ARTarama has been successfully adopted by both artists and the general public alike as a unique opportunity to showcase the talent of Canterbury artists while also raising money for charity.

This year, for the first time, it will also include sculptures and garden art.

The exhibition, which attracts a large and impressive line-up of established and emerging artists, has proved a must attend event for collectors and art lovers, allowing them to see and buy some of the best of New Zealand art.

Held at St Andrews College, ARTarama runs from October 9 to 11, starting with a function on Friday evening to launch the exhibition, preview the work and hold the art auction.

On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibition is open to the public and they too have the opportunity to buy art.

The last three ARTaramas, supported by Nurse Maude’s long-term sponsor, House of Travel, have seen a total of $60,000 raised by the Bishopdale Burnside Rotary for the hospice, making a significant contribution toward the cost of hospice care which Nurse Maude provides free of charge to its patients and their families.

Tickets for the Friday gala evening are $25 each and available by emailing or Sue Bramwell at with the number of tickets required, a delivery address and a contact number.


Capturing Southern Beauty: McAtamney Gallery

The beauty of the South Island landscape has been captured by one of the country’s leading watercolourists, Bernadette Parsons, in a new exhibition at Geraldine’s McAtamney Gallery this month.



The gallery’s new premises on Geraldine’s main street (40a Talbot Street) is playing the prestigious host to the exhibition, entitled Haast, which features 12 paintings, mostly painted on location in the Haast Pass area, evoking the solitude and serenity found in the mountains, bush and coast.

The Waikato-based artist often makes her way to our southern spot, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the landscapes. She started painting more than 20 years ago, moved by watching a watercolourist work, and clearly demonstrates a deep connection with the landscapes she turns her talented hand to. “Watercolour allows me to interpret the landscape, to find what is unique,” she says.


“This is the main thing in any painting. I also love watercolour’s spontaneity: it can be strong and wilful, yet there’s a transparency and softness too.” While working as a practice nurse and raising four children, Bernadette immersed herself in art, every chance she could, seeing as many international tutors as she could.

“I love landscapes, in particular trees, as a couple we’ve got a business growing trees, but a lot of it comes down to how you ‘see’ a landscape,” Bernadette explains. “Artists all have their own unique way of seeing a landscape.”

Today, Bernadette has numerous awards under her artistic belt, including the Best Watercolour in Show at the Easter Show and the award for Most Successful Artist in Show. Her work also features in the books ‘New Zealand in Watercolour’ and ‘Impressions of New Zealand’ by Denis Robinson.


Gallery Director Carolyn McAtamney says Bernadette is one of the country’s leading watercolourists and the proof is in the finished product. “Her ability to capture the moments of stillness and peace we feel in the natural world is breathtaking. Bernadette has mastered the loose brushstroke in a way that is second to none and has a style that New Zealanders adore.”

Find the gallery at 40a Talbot Street, Geraldine, opposite the Village Inn. For more information, phone 027 305 3000 or visit



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For the love of art: Art Metro

Thanks to her father spying an Art Metro advert in the paper, Chelsea Burnside, a 24-year-old office administrator, rediscovered her love for art.


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“I studied art throughout high school, but lost touch with it for around four years after leaving. My family have always encouraged me to get back into it, so I joined at the beginning of the next available term.” Chelsea says that pencil drawing and acrylic painting are her preferred mediums, but she will give anything a go, which is also her approach to painting styles. Currently, she’s exploring the abstract form, but also enjoys the challenge of realism painting. “I spent a year dedicated to one painting of a tiger!”

Chelsea loves the atmosphere in her evening class. “They’re a great bunch of people; we always encourage each other. It’s fun and relaxed, even when everyone’s focused. There’s music playing, people chat and chill out. It’s great to come to class after work and just unwind.”

Chelsea says her tutor, Leanne Addison, has been a great inspiration and support in helping her to overcome her lack of confidence with her work. “Leanne’s guidance has helped me create some great pieces. Whatever subject matter I choose, she helps me achieve what I hope for it.”

Though not ruling out commission painting at some point in the future, for now, Chelsea’s happy place is at Art Metro, creating beautiful works in a beautiful space.


For more information visit 465 Papanui Road, phone 03 354 4438 or visit