Land Girls and Lifesavers - Paintings by Sally Spicer

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Whangarei Fritter Festival

In Land Girls and Lifesavers, Sally Spicer has created paintings and prints that observe the varied lives and contributions of New Zealand women during World War II. Sally worked from black and white photos from the 1930s and 40s to explore her subject.

Some of the works show women who went to war: as nurses and as naval officers. However, the continuation of daily life has received the larger part of Sally's attention, as she venerates the smaller moments in these women's lives, as mothers, friends and wives.

There are the women who fulfilled roles vacated by men; such as the so-called “land girls” who worked on farms, and the volunteer surf lifesavers. The mundane, the challenging, and the joyful moments are treated with equal respect.

Sally's works in oil paint re-imagine her subjects in full, rich colour. She pays special attention to fabric and pattern, hinting at her interest in the small details. The drypoint and linocut prints show a simplified, graphic technique, and Sally's strong background in drawing. Her endless fascination with people, faces and expressions is explored also, and she enjoyed the opportunity to observe the way faces can differ from era to era.

Sally is an artist based in Whangarei, New Zealand.

Dates & Times

  • Sun, August 20, 2017 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Mon, August 21, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Tue, August 22, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Wed, August 23, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Thu, August 24, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Fri, August 25, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Sat, August 26, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Sun, August 27, 2017 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
  • Mon, August 28, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Tue, August 29, 2017 (9:30am to 4:30pm)

More information

LocationYvonne Rust Gallery, 21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei, Whangarei
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Cost No Charge
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

Address21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei
Phone(09) 4381215
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About this Venue

Rebuilt in August 2011 the Yvonne Rust Gallery offers a purpose build exhibition space displaying a wide range of art forms. The Gallery is at the heart of the Quarry Arts Center - a community facility offering a supportive, unique and dynamic space dedicated to the pursuit and development of creative practice.

This gallery is unique in that is it an application run gallery - meaning that artist apply to exhibit there work, this ensures that exhibitions are changing every 2 to 3 weeks and displaying all forms of art by both emerging and established artist to display their work directly to the public.

For information on the current show in the Yvonne Rust Gallery head to the Quarry Art Centre website www.quarryarts.org