Mountain Men in the spotlight

Mountain Men in the spotlight

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


An exhibition featuring the work of seventeen Taranaki male artists will open at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera in March.

Mountain Man, curated by South Taranaki District Council arts coordinator Michaela Stoneman, is based on a theme of cultural diversity.  The show is part of Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, run by the Human Rights Commission in March each year.

The show promises a diverse mix of works in many media and artistic perspectives. Visitors to the gallery will see sculpture, painting, carving, photography, drawing, weaving and glass.

The artists live in both rural and urban areas, including Waverley, Hawera, Patea, New Plymouth, Manaia, Okato, Eltham and Inglewood.

The artists are Waldo Hartley, Mark Bellringer, Roger Morris, Jeff Bright, Jimi Walsh, Peter Lambert, Mark Hudson, Toroa Ngaia Cruden, Carl Fairweather, Harry Moores, Douglas Reid, Tamawhero Kiriona, Gary Couper, Phil Jones, Alby Carter, Paul Hutchinson and Tony Rumball.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring together this eclectic mix of works by established and emerging artists.  We have so many highly skilled practitioners within district, and I am excited about presenting them all together in our local community gallery,” says Michaela. 

“I encourage you all to visit and I guarantee you will be inspired by the work of these highly creative Taranaki men,” she says.

All are welcome to come along and meet the artists at the opening event, 6.00pm Tuesday 1 March 2011.  The exhibition runs until 26 March.