Creating the perfect space

20 June 2013
Written by Sacha Kenny | Images by Sacha Kenny
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When two Kapiti artists with a similar creative outlook came together the result was clear blue skies over the creative community as Sacha Kenny found 

A kindred creative spirit brought together Kapiti artists Yvonne de Mille and Angie Cairncross and it is the Blue Skies Art gallery in Te Horo that is bringing seekers of beautiful creations to their door.

The gallery, a sky-blue cottage sitting pretty in the Hyde Park village on the corner of State Highway 1 and Te Horo Beach Road, exhibits affordable and sustainable art sourced from artists across the country, along with work by Yvonne and Angie.

With an underlying theme of sustainability, the gallery showcases artists with a bent on recycling, Angie says.

“When sourcing artists we decided we wouldn’t just focus on local artists. Although we do have some local artists, we decided to focus on artists who fit within our look and sustainability ethos. We really want to showcase artists who reuse materials – artists who essentially up-cycle their materials."

As a textile artist, Angie works with felt and fibre collages, using natural dyes such as walnut shells, harakeke and eucalyptus leaves to obtain an organic blend of colours. 

“I like to challenge people's perspectives so one of my creative purposes is to try and get my work to a point where people can see the number of different processes going on through the use of fibre and stitch. I use the sewing machine to draw, using the stitch as the line - just as people draw with lines creating different thicknesses and textures, that’s what I do with stitch.” 

Yvonne is a mixed-media artist, kite-maker and art therapist tutor. With a passion for fabrics and textures, Yvonne is recognised internationally for her kite-making skills and has received sponsored invitations to display her flying art at kite festivals around the world. Yvonne's work within the gallery includes mixed media art as well as picture frames made from recycled, discarded timber resulting from the Christchurch earthquakes.

The gallery is beautifully fitted with recycled timber shelving, has great natural light and although the space is limited the art work is displayed with great thought and attention. With a focus on affordability, there is a creative option for every budget.

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Blue Skies Art gallery is on the corner of State Highway 1 and Te Horo Beach Road.
Open 10am – 4pm, closed Mondays.
ph: 06 364 2175

Current Artists include:
Hayley King
Willie Cooper
Peter Shearer
Elysabeth Wolter
Gayle O'Connell
Ben Rewa
Ecolution weave puzzles
Allan Wehipeihana
Ivan Vostinar
Mark Dimmock
Yvonne de Mille
Jean Burgers
Diana Farry
Paul Melsor
Angie Cairncross
Tim Holman
Drew Pouajen
Zac Pitfiedl-de Mille
Green Heart Jewellery
Marika Jones
Juli Hunter
Linda Forrest
Copper Red



0 #1 Yvonne 2013-06-21 14:52
Fabulous photos Sasha, Thanks so much

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