Carver Marlene Trounson has turned her dream of working with greenstone into an actuality – and a passion.
She had, for many years, worked with natural gemstones and pearls to create distinctive fashion jewelry. Ten years ago her personal circumstances changed when the tragic closure of Pike River mine meant she lost her job. She enrolled for the Diploma in Jade and Hardstone Carving at Tai Poutini Polytech. “I started full of excitement, but within days was asking myself what on earth I’d got myself into,” she chuckles. “I hadn’t touched carving tools before, and it was definitely more complex and challenging than I had anticipated.”
But she persevered, graduated, and now creates a wide range of beautiful carvings - traditional pendants and earrings as well intricate sculptured works including flowers and delicate leaves. While 90% of her work is with greenstone, she also works with other gemstones and agates sourced from overseas.
Marlene has been exhibiting at Art in the Park since 2009.
“It’s a great showcase for established artists and an opportunity for emerging artists and people from local art groups to show their work.
I was born in Christchurch and have been interested in crafts working with fabrics for many years.I have won awards for my artwork including “Best in Show”.
In 2012 I came up with the idea of creating something completely different by making works of contemporary art from fabric. With endless options of fabrics and colours used, the designs are exciting and very different. I incorporate rolls of fabric to my work to give it another dimension. On completion all works are framed under glass to complete the professionalism.
I enjoy the challenge of working with fabric and making something one of a kind and different from other artworks.
As a passionate and prolific art maker with over 30 year’s experience, I enjoy working with diverse and rich visual imagery. My inspiration comes from Nature, travel, dreams and inner musings, people, relationships, life....everything really that touches or moves me in some way, gives energy to create. I am an active member of the Arts Community both locally and nationally; exhibiting solo, in groups, and at Art Shows; also demonstrating and tutoring workshops. Creating Art is how I sort out life!
Sue bends and twists aluminium into wonderful garden art that she designs herself.
I have always drawn & painted and took art as my main credit at Training
College. Before moving to Nelson at the end of 2016 I usually did still life and portrait/figure work but since coming here, I have been obsessed with the lovely South Island landscape. For the first time in my life I have a studio!
The medium I use now is pastel. After doing charcoal and conte drawing for several years at the Auckland Art Society someone suggested trying pastel for the colour. Pastel can be layered in such interesting ways using complimentary and contrasting colours and that is what I love about it.
I belong to PANZ and attend a weekly group at Mapua where we gain a lot
from working together and are fortunate to have had workshops with visiting pastelists from overseas (not this year!). I have also joined a fortnightly figure drawing/portrait group which is great for observation and drawing practice.
I like to work from sketches, imagination and memory and use reference
photos to a limited extent.
I started painting for a short period while living in Australia. After moving to Nelson in late 2009 I joined Art Group Nelson, the Collective at Art@203 (now Wall to Wall Art, Bridge Street, Nelson) and the Nelson Suter Art Society and really started to do a lot more art. Works have found homes in USA, Switzerland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.
I am self-taught and have gradually developed my current style from experiences of growing up in Northland, living amongst Kauri trees in Titirangi, Auckland. While living in Australia for 13 years I travelled to the outback and coastal areas and loved and have been inspired by the amazing colours of the vast landscape, textures, trees and wildlife.
To achieve my usually unplanned works I begin by applying texture or collage and the work evolves from the shapes and marks that are formed. Then the fun begins by applying colour with Acrylic paint, inks and other effects. The vertical line is a continuing theme in my paintings.
He has been a member of the Greymouth
Art Group for 20 something years and most recently Watercolour New Zealand Inc.
Has exhibited at every Art in the Park festival apart from the first (Busy in hospital). Terry has expanded from water colours to acrylic and oils, depending on the subject,
with the sea and fishing boats and gold mines being popular subjects for
commissions with modern freestyle style flowers.
He has paintings scattered throughout the world, America, Canada, England,
Stewart and the North Island as well as the Mainland. He has no Art
qualifications, just enjoys painting and learning from other artists..
Gary loves detailed pen and wash prints. Quite a lot of them are recognisable West Coast buildings and structures (they're not all cranes).
Christopher is a pen and ink artist who captures some of our lovely landscapes.
I live in the beautiful Nelson province in the village of Riwaka on the edge of the Abel Tasman Natio
nal Park. During my husband’s terminal illness, 10 years ago , a friend sat me in front of a piece of Canson paper and a few basic pastels and said “go on see what you can do”! I had never drawn anything in my life….had been weaving for 30 years and that was my passion…..as well as running a B & B business and rearing 3 children.
I was hooked!... I found diversion and stimulus. Later, I joined the national Pastel Association, where I found help and encouragement and opportunity to attend many workshops and demonstrations…Five of my pastels have been judged and accepted for National Exhibitions and several have been sold, giving me renewed impetus to continue exploring this wonderful medium.
My books, of which I am the author and illustrator, for young children combine several loves in my life – a small story with a smile, cats and that fabric is used as an art form.
All the illustrations in the books have been made in fabric then scanned for the printing process.
Once these print run of books are sold that will be the end of the availability of these books in print form.
If you missed seeing Sandy at Agfest in 2020 (here she is in her Red Bands) come and meet her at Art in the Park!
Having been interested in sewing and textiles from a young age, I progressed through dressmaking, quilting (I have a stash of fabrics to use up!) and onto mixed media art and am now exploring monoprinting methods with acrylics on fabrics and paper. My artistic journey has often changed course as I have tried out new mediums and experimented with new ideas, endeavoring to develop my own style.
I am mainly self-taught but have learnt from other artists along the way. The beginnings of my textile art journey began when I lived on the West Coast and belonged the Way Out West Textile Art Group.
I have also attended a five day workshop with collage artist Joan Schultz from San Francisco. She incorporated some great techniques into her class such as collage, monoprinting and photo transfer techniques and I was hooked! I also like to incorporate free motion machine stitching and embroidery stitching into works where appropriate.
As a member of an art collective gallery Wall to Wall Art in Nelson, I enjoy the involvement with other artists which gives me inspiration and motivation as well as a connection with my work to the general public.
Mailable art (6” x 4” fabric postcards) using all sorts of mixed media techniques have also been a large part of my work and have proven very popular with buyers.
Jane has painted full time for the last 20 years.
She works using watercolours from a studio in Tasman Village. Most of her images are of people, mainly back on, of ample proportions. She calls them “comfortable people”.
I moved from Dunedin to Kowhitirangi 5 years ago to enjoy a quieter and simpler life. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Sculpture. While at art school I lent toward digital media in my sculpture field. So I knew that when I got back into my art I wanted it to be a combination of digital and material.
I received my CNC machine in late September 2018 What I like about the hardware and software is that I’m continuously learning new things which makes me push my boundaries. I love that you are only limited by your imagination, and I have a big imagination.
I started thinking about up-cycling materials and incorporating my interests. I came across West Coast Vinyl and Fashion where I met the owner Floyd. I have been exploring cutting the vinyl into other shapes like bookmarks, earrings, coasters, cake toppers and even guitar picks.
Over the weekend of the art show I will have clock mechanisms and frames available to purchase separately with a vinyl record.
Follow me on instagram @glynn.berland.art
I love paint. I love colour. I love our natural world. These things inspire me to make art. The natural beauty of the landscape speaks to me, and I need to record it in a simple way that strikes a cord. Using acrylics, and occasionally oils, allows me to explore stylised interpretations of traditional landscapes and to put my own unique stamp them. My studio looks out over the sea, and living on a bush block I draw inspiration daily from the natural world. It is a wonderful environment for creating artworks. I am continually learning through paint. For me art is a form of meditation where my mind is totally immersed in my work. The magic moment when an artwork is completed gives me a sense of achievement. I like to bring joy to my work. I hope the painting gives the viewer a feeling of optimism from the freshness of colour and forms.
I am a mixed media artist working in a variety of media including oil, watercolour, pastel, collage and ink. Please visit for a wider selection of my work held in private collections and for sale.
Julie & Vanessa Hay
Julie and Vanessa are mother and daughter painters both with their own unique style.
They are long time members of the Greymouth Art Group and have exhibited at Art in the Park since its inception.
Every year their art has developed and as they trial new techniques and styles.
Jeremy Leach has that indefinable artistic eye.
From provocative pin-up art to exquisite oils, evocative fantasy to portraits and brilliant landscapes that perfectly capture the grandeur of the West Coast – he can do it all.
He started young. “I was always doing cartoons at school, and even though some were caricatures of teachers, they encouraged me,” he recalls. Cartoons morphed into old-fashioned pin-up art – provocative but never naughty, illustrations for a children’s book and role-playing books.
Now a professional artist, he has been an exhibitor at Greymouth’s Art in the Park since it began.