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Eade Gallery - 'Realignment - Four Years On' by Kathi McLean and 'Around and About Alexandra' by Judy Smith.

Location: Eade Gallery
Region: Clyde
Dates: Sun, 7 April 2019 - Wed, 1 May 2019 @ 10am-5pm daily.

  • Eade Gallery - 'Realignment - Four Years On' by Kathi McLean and  'Around and About Alexandra' by Judy Smith.

Kathi McLean
Kathi McLean discovered the wonders of clay over 30 years ago and has developed her unique style of pottery through education. “My interest in pottery began in the 1970s after my first daughter was born. I tried all crafts but once I found clay, I knew it was what I wanted to explore  further – it’s my therapy, passion and my happy space,” she says.
The talented Alexandra potter has exhibited in a variety of places and says she has been fortunate to work with many highly qualified teachers. “I was fortunate to spend ten days in Thessaloniki in Northern Greece on a ceramic workshop with Hector Mavridis who teaches on primitive firing methods. He was a great mentor who encouraged me to believe in myself and experiment with effects of fire.” 
“My work in the Eade Gallery solo exhibition is entitled 'Realignment – Four Years On' and will be a selection of shapes, forms and cylinders that have been raku or pit fired using various firing effects.

Judy Smith
Spending time on her family orchard in Earnscleugh has been an inspiration for artist, Judy Smith, whose vibrant art works express the colours of the region. “The seasonal colours of Central Otago offer the most amazing palette, as do the beautiful skies, sunrises and sunsets. I have always loved the styles of the Impressionist painters, particularly the wonderful earthy landscapes of Cezanne. Other influences have been the New Zealand regionalist painters of the 1930s and 1940s, such as William Sutton and Rata Lovell - Smith."
Judy describes her upbringing in Dunedin as “wonderfully creative”. “I've always been interested in art and attended after school classes with renowned New Zealand artist, H. V. Miller. Several years ago exceptional classes at Kings High got me highly motivated again.”
Her solo exhibition at the Eade Gallery will feature snapshots of familiar places around Alexandra including orchards, road corners, letterboxes, the town’s distinctive bridge and the river.
“There is beauty in familiarity. I love looking at everyday scenes and seeing the beauty in them. I hope people will enjoy my use of colour and recognise some of the places in the paintings.”


Eade Gallery