New Artwork by Kathy Boyle and Beth Charles

Kathy Boyle and Beth Charles are both primarily known locally and nation-wide as printmakers but both artists also follow other muses when pursuing their artwork. “Stitches and Stones” showcases Beth Charles’s work as a textile/fabric artist alongside Kathy Boyle’s engravings on plaster and mixed media sculptural forms. The exhibition theme revolves around the natural world. Charles draws our attention to rising tides and warming seas, “As in previous shows my work is influenced by the natural world; this time thinking a little about rising tides and warming seas: the fragile ecosystem of the ice and the threat of climate change on our flora. My medium is stitch on fabric and I use the natural fraying of the fabric to emphasise this fragility.” Boyle writes: “Much of my work references our natural environment and explores issues of conservation. It reflects my observations of the changing face of the environment resulting from the activities of human occupations: the gouging of the land by the elemental forces of wind and water erosion and the effect of introduced animals on the landscape. It is my commentary on endangered natural forms, flora and fauna of New Zealand.” Stitches and Stones is an interpreted visual record of patterns that emerge on the land’s surface encoded with tracks and traces of animals, human habitation and the effects of the natural forces of nature. Boyle continues: “These patterns reference past structures, fence lines that follow the land’s contours and meandering animal tracks. Pasture cultivation is evident through the regimented lines of crops and the ruts and furrows created by the plough and harrow. Living in a rural situation creates awareness to these ongoing changes and my current art practice is my response to this.”

Beth Charles holds a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited in New Zealand and overseas including North America and Europe, winning several awards. Her artwork is held in corporate and private collections in New Zealand and in private collections in Australia, Japan, England, the Netherlands and the USA. Beth and her husband reside in Palmerston North.

Kathy Boyle is a visual artist working across several disciplines including printmaking, multi-media and installation art. She has been a printmaker for 15 years and was a founding member of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Kathy is the current chairperson of the PCANZ. In addition to her art practice Kathy draws on 30 years teaching experience to provide a range of printmaking and mixed media workshops for artists, teachers and school students. She also serves as a visiting art teacher in schools within Hawke’s Bay. Her work is held in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea By: Paul Lyons - 22 Mar 19

Previous Exhibitions.

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15