Changing Exhibition Space, Spring 1997
Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has recently celebrated its 18th anniversary of exhibiting and selling local and regional art as well as artwork by selected artists and artisans from throughout New Zealand. The gallery also exhibits artwork from former residents of the region now residing in Australia and Canada and work by several American artists. At the moment the gallery has never been more chocka with art! I suppose that we are preparing for a big Christmas season especially if the economy improves like it has been promising to do for the last four years!
Looking back over the last eighteen years we are most thankful for the support of our local art-buying public. Especially those folks who are repeat customers and those who direct others to our door for which we are grateful. Thank you.
There are many stories to be told of events and activities which have unfolded as the gallery has developed from its beginning in 1997 showing paintings and sculpture to ‘The Source for Fine Arts’ in the Central Districts of New Zealand. Today one can find a good cross-section of art forms, not just paintings and sculpture but also graphics, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, furniture, artists’ books, turned and carved wood, crafts and Maori art.
Over the years, a significant number of exhibitions have been hosted on behalf of community organisations. We are particularly proud of the involvement the gallery has had with art by handicapped individuals and groups. Stuart was for a number of years on the board of the Verve Studio, an initiative of Manawatu Supporting Families in Mental Illness and he is currently a board member of the Artistic Solutions Trust. Additionally, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has shown work by Creative Journeys. Other community organisations hosted by the gallery are The Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild, The Embroiders Guild and The Art Enthusiasts Group. Every couple of years we hold a fund-raising exhibition for Trade Aid featuring Tibetan Rugs and Carpets. We have also shown the Graduate Shows of art students from Teacher’s College, Massey University, Ucol and the Wanaga O Aotearoa. The gallery has also shown work by the tutors of the Quay School of the Arts and artwork by the Manawatu Art Teachers Association. We also regularly display the work of members of the Central Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand.
The gallery has and continues to show work by international artists: two Israeli painters, a Chinese artist, Korean embroidery, Japanese embroidery and sculpture, Caohagan Island quilts and Australian print makers. Several American artists have exhibited in support of the artists-in-residence programme of New Pacific Studio. This year, 2015, we exhibited work by four photographers as part of our changing exhibition schedule of 12-15 exhibitions per year.
Special events have included our support for Prime Sculpture an Arts Council initiative celebrating the Millennium; art displays at the Manawatu Home Show, Women’s Expo and for the local branch of Zonta International. Close to our heart has been the exhibition and celebration of local artist and icon Jack Register for his 70th, 75th and in 2016, Jack’s 80th birthday!
All things considered, the most heart-warming aspect of our gallery history has been the support of the people in our region and particularly their repeat patronage (Bless them!). The number of artists who have expressed an interest in being exhibited and promoted at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is also an aspect of this business which warms the cockles of our hearts. Without the latter or the former there would not be a Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.
As we continue to identify and exhibit new artistic talent, particularly in our region, we are looking to the future. Onward to our 21st!