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A New Zealand Story exhibition online

Our new exhibition, A New Zealand Story, is available for viewing online. Click on the photograph of the catalogue cover to take you there. The exhibition catalogue is also now available below....

May 3, 2020

Birthday!

The Welcome Swallow Gallery was opened a year ago today on 1st May. The aptly named opening exhibition, Celebration, brought together the artists who had prior exhibited with the Welcome Swallow before the acquisition of the adjacent unit. Six exhibitions, showing over 400 pieces of art, special exhibits of Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus original paintings, several installations and special features later and the Gallery is ready to open again with the exhibition, A New Zealand Story....

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Online Auction item for Women's Refuge attracts bids

To date, the online auction for the stunning composition by Bernadette Parsons, Aotea Harbour between Raglan an Kawhia, has attracted bids to $700. The auction closes on 11 May, leaving plenty of time to raise more money for the Refuges! Send in your bid to:WelcomeSwallow.nz@gmail.com...

April 30, 2020

In Memorium

Grace Forbes was a fearless and dedicated volunteer. She was a wonderful storyteller and had experienced a very rich and interesting life. Grace was dedicated, cheerful, kind and resourceful and had a wonderfully friendly disposition. Grace volunteered with Save the Children Waikato Branch for many years and received a Long Service Award from them.  When the Waikato Branch retail gift shop closed Grace continued to volunteer with Achieving Change for Children Charitable Trust’s Welcome S...

April 28, 2020

Click and Collect now available

If you have spent the last few weeks zooming in, seeing 'the lives of others' perhaps it might be time to provide new vistas for self and those who have virtually shared your own abode. The Permanent Collection April 2020 is now online for click and collect. Take a look, the catalogue can be downloaded from the link below.  If you like what you see, contact us at WelcomeSwallow.nz@gmail.com...

April 27, 2020

A New Zealand Story

Alert Level 3. Catalogue available shortly. Click and collect. ...

April 24, 2020

Preparing for the next exhibition

What could this photo below possibly mean!? Of course, it means that the new exhibition is upon us! Although the gallery cannot be open to public viewing at this time, we are currently able to put our new exhibition, A New Zealand Story, online for virtual viewing and buying using click and collect. We look forward to seeing 35 paintings from 4 artists, including Colleen Tetley's composition shown below. In the meantime, the gallery is going to get a well deserved new coat of paint. We...

April 22, 2020

Buying your art online

COVID-19 frustratingly pegged back the length of our Waikato Watercolourists exhibition by 2 weeks. Until the new exhibition, A New Zealand Story launches, the Gallery has available the unsold watercolourist pieces.  In these challenging times, buying now enables us to raise funds for the Waikato Women’s Refuges who are currently burdened with greater pressures on their services. The work of the Trust is expressly to support and fund children’s programs that are provided by the Waikato ...

April 18, 2020

COVID-19: Support for Women’s Refuge

While in lock down it is evident that the additional stress of domestic living has placed extra pressure on the services provided by Women’s Refuges in the Waikato. With this in mind the Trust is raising money through an online auction of a gorgeous painting by Bernadette Parsons. The final auction price accepted goes towards children’s programs run by the Refuges, in particular counselling and one to one programs that enable children to deal with the impact of family violence. Bernadette Pa...

April 16, 2020

From the Permanent Collection VII

This composition is the 7th and final blog post to feature the Welcome Swallow Gallery Permanent Collection. As a watercolour artist, Denise White became intrigued with the way that internationalartists Judi Whitton and Charles Reid apply paint to paper using a loose and spontaneous approach that encourages creativity. Her style now incorporates their technique in her work. She also enjoys painting ‘plein air’ whenever possible.  Featured here is her delightful painting, ...

April 15, 2020

From the Permanent Collection VI

The Sanctuary Mountain project began with a dream to protect the diversity of plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. The community came together with an aim to restore and protect this precious ecosystem, and in 2001 the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) was formed. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a very special place due to the sheer enormity of the project - at 3400 hectares it is by far the largest pest-proof fenced project in the world. At 47km long it offers a safe...

April 13, 2020

From the Permanent Collection V

Robyn Ninnes's popular paintings graced the Welcome Swallow Gallery across three exhibitions before her work was placed in the Permanent Collection. Taking inspiration from a stylized or representational form of art, Robyn's compositions are emblematic of Henri Rousseau and in particular his fascination with painting pink flamingos. However, her current work in the Permanent Collection, entitled, Tui Feeding Frenzy from her Tui Series, will be more familiar to a New Zealand audience. T...

April 10, 2020

From the Permanent Collection IV

An artist from the UK, Gilian Hamilton’s graphite work creates powerful imagery. In this deeply moving composition, the artist allows us to access the private task-driven endeavours of a child from the Third World. While children of a similar age in western society might be captured in carefree play, the Solitude that is presented to us here does not encourage such expansive reflection. This is his world. We admire his determination and concentration, yet as he moves with outstretched arms to ...

April 8, 2020

From the Permanent Collection III

First seen in the christmas in the gallery exhibition last year, Sandra Barlow presents an intense study entitled, Apple Blossom. While the white tinged luxurious red blossoms in full bloom are clearly the central feature of the composition, they are augmented with several buds that are yet to fulfill their promise.  Adding to the visual impact, the leaves are allowed to intrude and spill over the faux matt board that forms the parameters of the painting.  This is a splendid ...

April 7, 2020

From the Permanent Collection II

One of the most striking compositions in the christmas in the gallery exhibition last year, was the finely crafted Tui and Jug, by Wellington artist, Helen Cairney. The unlikely juxtaposition of an item of kitchenware with four tui birds catches the imagination, especially since the vivid blue and green hues of their feathers are allowed to dazzle among the brilliant yellow kowhai flowers that are cleverly superimposed on the composition independent of any supporting tree structur...

April 5, 2020

From the Permanent Collection I

In order to curate more focused exhibitions in the gallery the Trustees decided to section off the front of the gallery from the main hall, thus enabling us to show a permanent collection from our chosen gallery artists. These pieces stay in situ until sold or rotated with new art that our gallery artists prefer to display.  All these compositions are for sale, but unlike exhibition pieces, once purchased they can be removed by the buyer to enjoy immediately.  Featured here is a fine w...

April 3, 2020

What's in a name?

Every organization or entity that provides goods and services prefers to have instant name recognition that creates loyalty, repeat business and buying habits that become viral. For example, this is what the Apple company rely on when launching a new cell phone or digital device.  In marketing terms, a brand. There are lots of them around. The most famous ones account for a significant amount of the total value of the company. According to Interbrand, the McDonalds brand on i...

April 2, 2020

What on earth is that!?

The cubism of Picasso, the strong gestural lines of Tamara de Lempicka, the heretical religious provocations of Caravaggio, the Vienna Secessionists with Klimt challenging traditional artistic wisdom, all these and many more original artists took both exception and refuge in galleries that were willing to  experiment with novel ideas. Such is the tapestry of creative genius.  In May 2019, the Welcome Swallow Gallery opened a new exhibition entitled celebration. Right in the m...

March 30, 2020

Hang Time

Is there anything more irritating than a painting in a gallery that is not level or out of alignment? The human eye is capable of registering less than 2 millimeters of misalignment, especially on the vertical axis. Imagine hanging 80 pieces of art and trying to get that right across an entire gallery exhibition. Enter the hang men. The Welcome Swallow Gallery is blessed with the support and commitment of Michael and Russell Porritt whose skills and craft have graced many a home in the Waikato. ...

March 29, 2020

Behind the scenes...

Across all our social media platforms there are literally hundreds of photographs of the Welcome Swallow Gallery. We pride ourselves in presenting a beautiful space worthy of the artists' work that we are anxious to display in the best possible light. However, there are times when we are preparing for a new exhibition when we are not exactly looking our best! Frequently the changeover can involve over twenty or more artists with their work being removed and replaced. This intense activity takes ...

March 26, 2020

Retrospective

As all gallery and gift operations move online, our blog space will review some of the highlights of the past year while also presenting some of the exciting things that we will be doing when we are able to re-open....

March 24, 2020

Shutdown

As Covid-19 challenges our way of life, the title of our next and now postponed exhibition, A New Zealand Story, remains apposite, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Understandably, the gallery and our gifts are not deemed as essential, however, here and on our Instagram and Facebook platforms we will continue to provide features, commentary and artistic compositions for the duration of the lock down period. The Trust is going to continue its work, now and well into the future. As children a...

March 23, 2020

An iconic pairing

A New Zealand Story, exhibition 3rd April - 31st May 2020...

March 20, 2020

Featuring...

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March 10, 2020

To build a gallery...

Cleared...

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