Past exhibitors

Gilbert van Reenen -November 22nd, 2013 toFebruary 28th 2014

Gilbert van Reenen will exhibit from Friday the 22nd join Gilbert and friends of the art community for a glass of Hinton Estate wine and nibbles on Friday the 22nd of November from 6pm to be one of the first to see his work.

Photographic artist and naturalist Gilbert van Reenen has lived and worked in the Central Otago region for thirty six years. Initially as a veterinarian & more recently as a professional photographer & publisher. He is a regional trustee for the Te Araroa national walking trail & has served on the Otago Conservation Board. He has published three books of his distinctive images of the southern region and has contributed to several others. In 2012 he collaborated with eminent Central Otago poet, Brian Turner, matching Brian's Central poems to his images in the highly acclaimed volume "Elemental".

Gilbert has been photographing and interpreting the southern landscapes since his youth when he began tramping, climbing and botanising in remote parts of Fiordland and the Southern Alps. His widely acclaimed Central Otago book has become a best seller and has been reprinted four times. He has had numerous solo & joint exhibitions throughout New Zealand. Gilbert lives near Wanaka with his fabric artist wife Robyn.

Ron Esplin- September to November 2013. Summer 14

Ron has had a lifetime exposure to art as both his late father Tom was an artist, and his brother Clark is a practicing artist.

They would jointly refer to their involvement in art activities as “The family Firm.”

Ron was drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil, and was soon in demand at school to do posters and stage sets for school productions. He applied his artistic and design ability to marketing his own electronics firm and later as a marketing consultant and Marketing Manager.

Ron continued to paint recreationally, attending evening classes at Otago Polytechnic Art School prior to embarking in 1995 on a serious effort to develop his painting.

Ron now has a studio in central Dunedin where he paints in acrylics and oils, and he has also continued to develop his watercolour painting, particularly landscapes. Ron has also pioneered “Braille Art” using multi media, which is work that is accessible to both sighted and visually impaired observers.

Ron is an Artist member and Council member of The Otago Art Society, and he served as a member of the Council of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society.

Ron exhibits regularly in Dunedin, has exhibited in Otaru, Dunedin’s sister city in Japan, and is also represented in the Dunedin City Council art collection and the prestigious Forrester Gallery in Oamaru.

“Draw a line a day”

Ron follows his father’s advice to “draw a line a day”. He also practiced his minimalist technique as a regular contributing cartoonist to The Otago Daily Times, portraying the cartoon character “Albert Ross,” the albatross with comments on local and National issues and events.

NEIL LUSHER - March, 2013.

Exhibition Launch opens 1st March, 6pm. Sponsored by Hinton's vineyard.

BIOGRPAHY: I started painting a few years ago knowing that I would need a hobby when I retired from teaching science for many years. People who have a creative pastime seem to cope best with retirement, men who make things in their shed for example. Three years into retirement and I now work part-time as a wildlife guide on the Otago Peninsula and paint when the weather gets cold and the days short.

I was accepted as an artist member of the Otago Art Society last year and have exhibited paintings at the Art Station in Dunedin and at the Portobello Art Gallery. This is my first solo exhibition.

I paint the landscape that I enjoy being in. The rugged hills of the Pisa Range on Lowburn Station, the coastline of the Otago Peninsula. I am working on getting more drama into my paintings, capturing the structure of the land, the darks and the lights, the stunning skies we get here and the reflections on water. Plenty of challenges to keep me going!

With special thanks to my tutor Roy Almond, the lovely people at Speargrass Inn and my family and friends who have encouraged me in my efforts to become an artist.




JAN RASMUSSEN (Jan & Feb, 2013). 

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Biography: Originating from the South Island's West Coast, Jan Rasmussen has lived in many of New Zealand's regions and now resides in Christchurch. Establishing  herself as a landscape artist she now paints in a wider subject range and media. Spanning the last 45 years, her originals have been sold extensively to collectors both in New Zealand and abroad. My birth place was the Westcoast of the South Island, renown for its beautiful forests Lakes & Glaciers. Painting Scenery was my first love followed by a wider range of subject material, such as still life, street and activity and cafe scenes. Now I publish a range of cards and prints of my landscape, still life and cultural work. Over the years I have lived in many areas of New Zealand including Bay of plenty, Canterbury our now reside in Wanaka. Most of my latest work has been in oil or acrylic. The colour and light I use show to advantage the clear atmosphere of this small country down under and little cousin to Australia. Living in Otago allowed me the opportunity to experience the majestic scenery of Fiordland, with its Mountains Lakes and Bushland. During this time I received a tremendous amount of exposure to the New Zealand landscape which has to be some of the most inspirational scenery in the world. I've also been involved with many tourist ventures, such as building restoration, earth construction and treatment of buildings which led to an interest in sod cottages, stone and timber construction, therefore painting buildings became another creation. From my private studio I also run art classes and weekend schools for a restricted number of students. I travelled to Italy, four years ago, for the first time. This year, to the Greek Islands, Southern and Northern Italy and Provence in France. Autumn in Central Otago and its vineyards is a never ending source of inspiration. I love my work and have always regarded my buyers as friends sharing with me the love of the New Zealand landscape.

Esther Dexter (Nov 2012-Jan 2013)

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Esther is a Wanaka based artist with a passion for the outdoors. Her stylised acrylic landscapes are inspired by the serenity and vastness of the south island wilderness.

Esther has had many successful exhibitions throughout NZ. Her work hangs in various galleries & in private collections in Europe, US, Asia & Australia.





Rebecca, Greg and Jim (Oct - Nov 2012)

Exhibiting art work can be viewed in the cafe

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Jim Gilmore

Born in Lyttleton, Jim's formal training began at Canterbury University School of Fine Arts. He then attended Auckland Teachers College before embarking on teaching art in Southland. In 40 years of teaching, Jim has maintained an eclectic interest in visual arts, including printmaking, sculpture, jewelley, calligraphy and painting. Presently he is involved in producing kinetic sculptures in brass and is venturing into new areas of printmaking. Jim works from his studio in Invercargill surrounded by native bush and birdsong.

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Originally from Invercargill, Rebecca was raised in Otatara surrounded by native bush, birds and the artistic influences of her father, an art teacher. Although educated in Zoology and Botany her love of art lead her to start painting in 2001. She has since had several successful exhibitions, and has work in public and private collections all over the world.
Her works are in high demand and take anywhere from 100 to 150 hours to produce with around 12 completed per year. She owns the Endemic Gallery in Roxburgh along with photographer & husband Greg Slui.

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Greg originates from the Hawkes Bay, and during his time at Canterbury University he discovered mountaineering and a passion for the great outdoors. Although educated in Mathematics, his love of photographing the New Zealand landscape led him to professional photography in 2002. His work is recognised for its vibrant colours and distinct New Zealand flavour. To find out more & view his works click here