Winter Bright exhibition launch night

This exhibition anchors its curatorial theme, strongly flavoured towards seasonal reflections that captured the ways in which a dull and colourless winter can be refracted though a brighter lens. Adorned with vibrant colours to liven any dull winter scene, the Welcome Swallow Gallery officially opened its Winter Bright exhibition. 

Winter Bright engages with the beauty and drama of the Winter season, both in nature and how people through their own agency introduce ways to both accent and mitigate subdued palettes with colourful splashes. This curatorial theme  encourages the metaphor of seasons of life.

The evening was MC'd by Clive Gilson, while Kirsten McIntosh addressed the audience on behalf of all the 12 artists exhibiting in the exhibition.

Seen below, the Volunteers' Choice Award, sponsored by Books for Kids was taken out Kirsten McIntosh's sublime composition Washed with Sunlight


First full day of the exhibition, seven compositions sold from the gallery in a frenetic 20 minutes.

Kirsten McIntosh

Washed with Sunlight

Oil   910x610mm

Price: $1700


Gallery Artists, Rebecca Dowman-Ngapo and Kirsten McIntosh

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.

Totem Woman

Jenni Taris

Terra Sigillata, Terracotta

800mm tall

Price: $1250

Kirsten McIntosh addresses the Winter Bright opening night on behalf of the 12 artists represented in the show

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

Ray Ching in the Welcome Swallow Gallery

Amy Krauss 

The Orchard 1919

Private Collection

Katherine Church

June Evening in Buckinghamshire 1945

Private Collection

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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