Launch of the Botanica exhibition, Friday 6th May

Sponsored and supported with supreme canapes and cheese boards by Montana Catering, the Welcome  Swallow Gallery proudly presented the exhibition, Botanica, Friday 6th May 2022. . The combination of art and science upon which the exhibition compositions are anchored came exclusively from the artists who are members of the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand (BASNZ). Accordingly, Botanica is co-presented by the Gallery and BASNZ. The evening was beautifully serenaded with violin and cello played by Martin and Celia Griffiths .

On preview day and opening night, 36% of the exhibition has already sold! Eleven compositions have found their way into art collections throughout New Zealand. The evening began with Trust Chair, Dorothy Gilson outlining why the Gallery wished to present the specialty genre of Botanical Art, while special guest speaker Lynda Hallinan provided several stories and examples that demonstrated the importance of plant life, both historical and in the present.

As a former NZ Gardener editor, and current author, broadcaster, amateur home-brewer, pickler, preserver, part-time farmer, occasional farmers’ market stallholder and mad-keen gardener, Lynda held the audience's attention with her obvious passion for plants.

Finally, the President of the Botanical Art Society of New Zealand, Lesley Alexander continued the theme of the importance of Botanical art, recording plant life cycles. She also pointed out that botanical art was gaining considerable interest in New Zealand and the current exhibition at the Welcome Swallow Gallery was a significant step in expanding the footprint of the art genre.

The evening gets underway

As people arrived for the Botanica exhibition, food (Montana Catering) and music (Celia and Martin Griffiths) were available to add to the viewing experience.

The Botanica Artists

The night in photos

Celebrity speaker, Lynda Hallinan

Rita Angus at the Welcome Swallow Gallery

The framed poster of the 2008 Te Papa Rita Angus exhibition, Life & Vision, sits alongside her exquisite watercolour composition, Wainui mid-summer Banks Peninsula (1943) This painting was part of the exhibition seen here courtesy of a private collection (N.F.S. ). Also on display is a rare 1984 first day cover of Rita Angus stamps.

Still Slices of Life Exhibition 

Sandra Barlow

Mantel & Coal Bucket

Resident Artists' Gallery

Sylvia Sinel's, Game On

Jing Liu


Marzena Wilkes

Silent Love

Bergon and Ball Pots for Phoebe and Basil, channeling the Francis Hodgkins Berries and Laurel installation

Ray Ching in the Welcome Swallow Gallery

Fabulous Framed Prints 

Welcome Swallow Gallery Exhibition Catalogues and information plates

Please note that although each exhibition replaces the previous one in the gallery, we may still be able to source a work of art from earlier exhibitions. We are also able to freight our art works anywhere within New Zealand and worldwide. Freight costs are additional to the Catalogue prices. By downloading the catalogues above you will have immediate access to reviewing over 500 pieces of art work.


Gallery Reviews - what is recorded

Waikato Times Reviews Threads of Life Exhibition 13 August 2019

Sam Edwards provides a thoughtful review of the threads of life Exhibition by calling out one of the pieces that was sold early on. "Zipper or Door" by artist Rainy Du is chosen as emblematic of the exhibition's intent.

Press coverage of the celebration exhibition, Waikato Times 14 May 2019

~ Waikato Times Coverage 12th February ~

The Waikato Watercolourists Exhibition 14 Feb - 31st March 2020


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