Posted by Berys Daly - Waihi Arts Centre & Museum on 02/11/2012
One of the leading artists of New Zealandâ€™s history and landscape, Wellingtonian Bob Kerr, will launch his next exhibition at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum.
â€œGold Strikeâ€, an exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the 1912 Waihi minersâ€™ strike, will open at the Arts Centre on Sunday 11 November.
â€œI think both Waihi locals and visitors to the town will be fascinated by these paintings,â€ said Berys Daly, the arts centreâ€™s co-ordinator. They show real people, places and events from Waihiâ€™s past, and also scenes that Bob conjured up from his imagination.â€
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 Kenanaâ€™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 Kingâ€™s /Penguin History of New Zealand./
The opening of â€œGold Strikeâ€ 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.
â€œGold Strikeâ€ is on exhibition at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum from 11 â€“ 25 November. There is a $5 admission charge
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