Artist Nicola Everett displays a series of ceramics based on the botanical world, alongside photographer Josie Gritten and painter Lynn Middleton

Seed comes to fruition

by Andy Bryenton

Last Thursday saw the opening of an interestingly spring-themed exhibition at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Seed is the name and the inspiration for a series of interconnected works in photography, ceramics and painting, exploring this facet of nature from three perspectives.

The photographic artist of the trio, Josie Gritten, originally hails from Wales, but now focusses her camera on Kiwi scenes. “I am finding, more and more, that my work reflects my joy of storytelling, lives, loves, raw, heartfelt moments, these are what I draw out — these are what create the glorious wonderment of our lives.”

Painter and printmaker Lynn Middleton returns to the gallery with a series of whimsical, nature-inspired botanical images, following close on the success of her part in the Seven Impressions exhibition in August. The prolific creator bridges the gap between the realism of photography and the abstract shapes and forms of the ceramic component of Seed with sketches evoking the exuberance of the season.

A fellow contributor to Seven Impressions, Nicola Everett works in many media, including woodcuts, painting and ceramics.

For Seed, she has looked deep into the forms, which have been evolved by the plant kingdom to ensure fertility and growth, then crafted these shapes in ceramic.

The Seed exhibition is open to the public at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery through until October 15.