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Exhibition opening: 3pm Sunday 30th Jan
Please join us at the Feilding and District Art Society (104 Manchester St, Feilding) to celebrate Graham's latest work at the opening of this exciting exhibition. Wine and light refreshments will be served. No need to book, there is no charge. Everyone is welcome.
About the Artist:
Graham Christensen lives on a farm near Palmerston North and paints from a large, light-filled studio – a converted room at the back of the barn.
He regularly exhibits throughout the Manawatu/Rangitikei region, including opening his studio annually for the Art Trail Manawatu.
Graham’s paintings depict his life-long love of farming and the unique landscape that New Zealand offers. His latest works are captured moments, many from his son’s beef farm in Pohangina Valley, that illustrate the peaceful beauty that surrounds us - if we take the time to look for it.
Graham was searching for a form of relaxation when he picked up a paint brush in his early 60’s - what he found was a life changing improvement in his mental health. Graham say’s “Painting is so peaceful, to me it’s like meditation. You are very mindful when you paint, you are concentrating on the paint and the movement of the brush. You’re not thinking about anything else and that makes my mind feel very still and spacious.”
Another benefit that he found, is that he now sees beauty in places he previously saw as ordinary. He’s always on the look out for inspiration or a new scene to paint and has learnt that by just taking a moment to stop and really look around, there is beauty everywhere. A mob of cows with their calves peacefully chewing their cud on a sunny afternoon, the contrast of light and the shadows along the fern-lined bank of a meandering stream, even a friendly conversation being held between farmers at the local sock yards invokes in the viewer a memory or a sense that you instinctively know that very scene - and are somehow part of the story.
A charity that is close to Graham’s heart is the Manawatu Rural Support Service, an organisation that specialises in supporting the stability and wellbeing of our local farmers and their families. The proceeds of the sale of ‘Ready for Shearing’ - included in this exhibition, will be donated to this wonderful and very essential, rural service.
Exhibition runs 31st Jan - 18th Feb.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am - 4pm, Saturdays 10am - 1pm.
For more information see Graham's website: grahamchristensen.co.nz...
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