Thank you Bethany and Te Awamutu Courier for this write up.
Only a few more days before ECHO opens here at The Mandarin Tree.
We hope to see you there at 2 pm
The Mandarin Tree warmly invites you to the opening preview of ECHO a collaborative show by Waikato artists Santie Cronje and Claudia Aalderink.
Having previously worked together in a couple of group shows the artists realised their work had a great synergy even though quite different in style and medium.
Inspiration for ECHO was born from the creation of one small beehive cube which Claudia presented as a starting point.... ideas soon followed.
Claudia a contemporary artist has always had an interest in re-using and recycling material for artworks. Working within a reduced visual vocabulary of circles, squares, rectangles, and lines, Claudia explores the subtlety of colour, scale, and composition creating original pieces of art. Her recycled beehive pieces are assembled in complex designs seemingly effortlessly created by the artist.
Santie's style is recognizable as she uses a minimal colour palette. As a symbolist artist and visual storyteller, Santie's paintings are inspired by 'life happenings' traveling and migration. Having recently moved from Cambridge to the countryside near Tirau has unmistakably influenced the artist; new horizons, landscapes and sunsets a fresh new source of inspiration.
Working together on this close collaboration has seen both artists slightly changing direction where they have challenged each other to step out of their comfort zone and look at their medium with new eyes.
ECHO is a response to each other’s work and a representation of a successful artistic collaboration.
Opening on Sunday 2 March at 2 pm here at the gallery in Gordonton. The show will be up for 2 weeks till 23 March
The gallery is open from Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
2019 has well and truely started and we are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration show ECHO with Santie Cronje and Claudia Aalderink opening at 2pm on Sunday 10 March at The Mandarin Tree
Make sure to put the date in your diary and stay tuned for more exciting updates to come! 🐝
We have an exciting new show opening on 27 october.
Nancy Tschetner's beautiful sand paintings depicting NZ birds, landscape and more.
Come and join us for the opening at the gallery from 2 pm. The gallery is open as normal from 10 am.
Week from 8 oct-14 oct 2018
An exciting week ahead for our gallery director and artist Claudia Aalderink.
Her solo show “frag.ment.ed” is opening at [ s p a c e ] art gallery on Waiheke Island on 12 October. The gallery will
therefore be open next week on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 only in preparation for this exhibition.
Pop in if you’re in the area to see a new body of work of Claudia’s recycled beehive artworks.
B.L.U.E has finished on 21 April and I would personally like to thank all the lovely people that came in to have a look in the past two weeks. Thank you for supporting NZ art and myself through visiting, purchasing and sharing your love for original NZ made artwork.
I would also like to thank you for your continued support for The Mandarin Tree. We are very proud of this humble little gallery and we look forward to seeing you in the near future to see all our new work coming in and our new and exciting exhibitions!