Artist Leslie Cleary is part of a forthcoming double exhibition in Mangawhai — Two Artists Two Shores

Gallery presents vision

by Andy Bryenton

As the new year begins, Mangawhai Artists have already hosted one successful exhibition and are preparing to install another. It’s all in the spirit of beginning 2020 as they mean to go on, in a year when their new premises take shape, and the east Kaipara’s population looks set to grow.

The year began with Elena Nikolaeva and Jeanette Vickers’ partnership exhibition The Joyful Duo, comprising both two and three-dimensional artworks. It also heralded good news regarding the group’s ongoing construction project, as recounted by Wendy Leach:

“We are delighted to share the good news that the roof is on the extension for the Artists’ WorkSpace! It is fantastic after all the planning and fundraising. We much appreciate everyone who contributed to the February auction and the successful PledgeMe campaign. These have enabled wonderful local tradespeople to make the Artists’ WorkSpace a reality.”

Next up, the Mangawhai Artists present another anticipated double feature.

Cleary and Shadick: Two Artists Two Shores, debuts in late January and will comprise new works by Donna Shadick and Leslie Cleary, who hail from the west and east Kaipara respectively.

Donna says that her contribution to the new exhibition will comprise both images of nature and more abstract impressionist forms. As a counterpoint, Leslie has drawn inspiration from coastal landscapes and the impressions of those spaces in the minds of both visitors and locals.