Gold Strike!

Posted by Berys Daly - Waihi Arts Centre & Museum on 02/11/2012

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One of the leading artists of New Zealand’s history and landscape, Wellingtonian Bob Kerr, will launch his next exhibition at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum.

“Gold Strike”, an exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the 1912 Waihi miners’ strike, will open at the Arts Centre on Sunday 11 November.

“I think both Waihi locals and visitors to the town will be fascinated by these paintings,” said Berys Daly, the arts centre’s co-ordinator. They show real people, places and events from Waihi’s past, and also scenes that Bob conjured up from his imagination.”

Bob Kerr, a fulltime artist for the last 20 years, has sold and exhibited his work throughout the country. His earlier exhibitions have addressed the WW1 Gallipoli and Western Front campaigns, Rua Kenana’s community in the Urewera and exploration of the Whanganui River, among other themes. Perhaps his best-know work appears on the cover of Michael King’s /Penguin History of New Zealand./

The opening of “Gold Strike” coincides with an international seminar on the 1912 Waihi strike and the launch of /Waiheathens - voices from a mining town/, a book by historian Mark Derby which is illustrated by the paintings in the exhibition.

“Gold Strike” is on exhibition at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum from 11 – 25 November. There is a $5 admission charge