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Major art exhibition: homage to Christchurch

By Kip Brook Christchurch - A major art exhibition poignantly paying homage to Christchurch will be a great tourist attraction for the city for people who visit the Bryce Gallery in Riccarton from

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By Kip Brook

Christchurch - A major art exhibition poignantly paying homage to Christchurch will be a great tourist attraction for the city for people who visit the Bryce Gallery in Riccarton from next week.

The exhibition is open July 19 to 31 and includes iconic scenes of landmark places affected by the earthquakes including ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Canterbury Provincial Council Chambers, the Arts Centre, Colombo Street, New Regent Street, Oxford Terrace, High Street, McKenzie and Willis, Alice in Videoland, The Strip, The Bog, Cashel Mall, Johnson’s Grocers, Hagley Park, the Avon River, Shag Rock & Sumner.

Everyone who lived in Christchurch at the time of the February 22 earthquake has lost someone or something dear to them.

Gallery owner Denise Bryce said a lot of people had moved on but she had found many others were emotional when they saw artworks of buildings and places that were special to them.

``Memories of places where weddings were held, places where they worked and good times past allow them to ‘feel good’ again. I get the most wonderful feeling of being involved in their lives when they buy one of these artworks as inevitably they share their story with me.

``It will be almost a bitter-sweet show for most people. And to those who have moved away from Christchurch, they can see the exhibition on our website.’’

Inspiration from book

The inspiration for the show came from the release of Denis Robinson’s book Christchurch – An artists’ tribute released in February this year to commemorate the first anniversary. A portion of the book proceeds are being donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund.

A total of 15 top New Zealand artists have provided around 40 paintings on Christchurch for the special commemoration exhibition.

The artists from Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Australia and South Canterbury are the late Austen Deans, Bill Moore, Don McAra, Galina Kim & Sue Spigel, Jacky Pearson, John Young, Julia Drake, Kees Bruin, Kelvin McMillan, Paul Hanrahan, Philip Beadle, Robert McDowell, Simon Williams and Sue Currie. Many artists had works destroyed and damaged in the quake. – Word of Mouth Media NZ

Contact details: 
Media advisory: For further information, comment, interview or photo contact Denise Bryce 03 348 0064 or Kip Brook at Word of Mouth Media on 0275 033855

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Make Lemonade

11 Jul 2012

Interests We provide media publicity for all kinds of positive organisations and companies that provide benefit to New Zealand. Make Lemonade is a cool national media company run by Janelle Blythe and Kip Brook