Sculptors to work on creations in Takaro Park

 
Takaro Park will be the scene of some serious creativity when the sculptors taking part in the Stone Symposium start working on their Oamaru stone creations. 
 
Bill Adams
Jim Adams
Jocelyne Bacci
Eva Busch
Brett Cooper
Sam Genet
Debbie Hall
Elizabeth Hall
Stephanie Jewell
Pam McKelvey
Anne Michell
Rolfe Mills
Heina Petzold
Reece Rongonui
Ra Vincent
Alan Ward
Allan Williams
 Marc Wilson
 
 
 
 
Sandie Finnie
 
Bill Adams  

Omarama 

A self employed designer, builder, stone carver and painter, he began his carving at Waitaki Boys' High School. He qualified with an Advanced Trade Certificate in carpentry and has been self employed in the building industry for 17 years. He began carving three years ago after being asked by Merino breeder Dick Croft to carve the Merino ram which stands in the main street of Omarama. A similar carving is on display at the entrance to Mr Croft's homestead. 

Other works in public places are a Wallaby on State Highway One at Waimate turnoff, a Goldminer in Alexandra and our own Blue Penguin in Oamaru. He has just completed a three metre high salmon for display near Glenavy, subject to resource consent.

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Jim Adams  
 
Oamaru based
Jim Adams is one of the three local persons who registered to be part of our Symposium. Educated at Waitaki Boy's High School he gained his UE in the early 70's and went on to study geology and geography at Canterbury University. 
 
He took up other tools of trade by completing an apprenticeship in joinery in Oamaru between 1975 to 1979, and gained his Trade Certificate. 
 
He gained a Certificate in Applied Arts & Design from Otago Polytechnic's Oamaru Campus in 1989. Between 1994 and 1997 he worked toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Jewellery, at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin, where he gained his Degree. 
 
Jim was at one time Chair of our Community Arts Council and has been an exhibitor at the North Otago Art Society Annual exhibitions six times between 1982 and 1993. As an emerging artist this is Jim's first Stone Symposium.
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Jocelyne Bacci   
 
Takaka 
 
Jocelynne who was born in the late 60's is a resident of Takaka. She is a self supporting artist working from a large studio in Uruwhenua, Golden Bay, with a trainee currently employed under her tuition and an earlier trainee now as a full time sculptor. 
 
Coming from an Italian background, she studied in Florence for eleven years, and is a teacher of Italian for adult evening classes in Golden Bay. 
 
Over the years her sculptures have sold worldwide. She currently works on commission and her own designs. Hobbies include gardening, reading, painting as well as soaking up the environment from which she draws much inspiration. 
 
She has taken part in nine Stone Symposia plus seven exhibitions between 1991 and 1997.  The Auckland Ellerslie Flower Show of '96 displayed works of both Jocelynne and Anne Michell. They received a certificate for their display in the outdoor Retail Section.
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Eva Busch 
 
Christchurch
Eva was born in the late 50's and did her Fine Art Training in Germany between 1979 and 1985. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1993 and is now resident in Garden City, Christchurch. 
 
We first met Eva at the World Gliding Championships held at Omarama in January, 1995 and our visit there turned out to be the catalyst for our own symposium. 
 
Eva attended symposia at Motueka's Jacaranda Park Garden Art Show; Christchurch's Papatuanuku in Hagley Park, Golden Bay's Fairholme and Nelson's Kohatu during the year of '96.  January 1997 saw her working at Wellington's Tareitanga for 17 days and a further 25 days back at Hagley Park for the second symposium there. 
 
Eva is a co-founder of "Gallery 45" a sculptor's studio based in Christchurch.
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Brett Cooper  
 
Palmerston North 
 
brettc@clear.net.nz
Brett was born in the late 1960's and resides in Feilding. He is a student at Manawatu Polytechnic studying electronics.  He has been a designer and painter of murals for Hawera District Council, an apprentice signwriter with New Zealand Rail 1985/86.  In '87 he attended Taranaki Polytech working on computers, and extended his employment to '94 by doing conservation work. Brett studied 6th form Art via correspondence during 95/96, completing a foundation course in Visual Arts at Manawatu Polytech.  He has worked with a group of students under the direction of sculptor Albert McCarthy on an installation at the Manawatu Art Gallery.  During 1997 Brett won first place at the Manawatu Community Arts Council's Rural Sculpture Competition, attended Symposia in Wellington and Christchurch, also the 'Kupenga' hard stone symposium in New Plymouth.
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Sam Genet 
 
Christchurch
Sam spent many years specialising in ceramics but after participating in "Art in the Park 1997" switched to sculpting Oamaru stone.  His progression has been from successful pencil artist, to ceramics, and now stone, following his choice of subject and interest in New Zealand's native flora and fauna.  His sculptures of fish and animals, blend extremely well with Oamaru stone, and the shadow from natural light make Sculpture Symposia exciting venues for him. 

Between the 1997 Nelson Sculpture Symposium and Christchurch City Sculpture he has worked on commissions, his most recent going to Adelaide. The versatility and popularity of stone has already brought three invitations in early 1998- at Oamaru, Adelaide and Mount Somers.

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Debbie Hall 
 
Nelson Lakes
Born in Portsmouth, England, Debbie is now resident at St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes area. 
She trained in ceramics in 1983, coiling and hand building large pots, and in 1988 solo exhibited large Sculptured Planters at Canterbury Landscapes of Christchurch. 

During that year she completed three commissioned works, the most notable for Sam Neill of Queenstown. 

Debbie attended the '89 Golden Bay Symposium and sold a work to the Takaka Library. She attended Nelson Polytechnic's One Year foundation course in Art & Design in 1992. 

Debbie studied a 2nd year Diploma in Fine Arts, at Otago Polytechnic in Sculpture/Ceramics - Majored and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts 1992. 

Sculpted in Maniototo in '94, World Glide in '95, Wanaka Warbirds Air Show '96 and Papatuanuku, Christchurch '97.  Debbie was involved in exhibitions during these years at Aero Outreach Gallery, Auckland; and Solo exhibited in Art Haus, Wellington.  Commissions were carried out for 'Coyote Holdings', 'Azure Bar' and Lydington Garden all of Christchurch

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Elizabeth Hall   
 
Wanaka
Elizabeth began her career as a school dental nurse until one day she found a piece of Oamaru Stone in her possession large enough to sculpt into an elephant. 

Over the years '86 to '95 her small sculpture have sold at numerous art galleries. One other first commissioned work included a 'Life Size Labrador'. 

She has taught at weekend workshops in Queenstown, and also children from Wanaka and Queenstown in the Art of Carving.  Elizabeth has taken groups of children from both these areas to successfully tutor them and create sculptures from blocks of stone weighing half a tonne, for their respective playgrounds.  A trip to Lithgow Australia, in July '96 saw her teaching her skills there. 

She was organiser of two symposia and guest artist at exhibitions in Timarn and Te Anau as well as receiving a commission to carve a 'Larger than Life’ of Kaikoura Settler Davey Boyd. 

Elizabeth received an invitation to attend the 1997 Auckland symposium at Newmarket, plus commissions for three other sculptures.

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Stone reindeer `labour of love'
ODT 18 Dec 1997
 
 
Stephanie Jewell 
 
Christchurch
Christchurch Sculptor Stephanie began her artistic career seriously in the late 1980's by exploring in paint. 

In 1990 she started with Oamaru Stone - an ideal outlet for three dimensional expressions alongside working with acrylic paint and collage.  Stephanie's first stone work was being part of the Maniototo (Central Otago) Symposium in 1993. 

Exhibitions at Millbrook Resort Queenstown, Wanaka Warbirds Air Show, and Queenstown Sculpture Symposium followed. 
From 1995 to 1997 she has worked on commissions.

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Pam McKelvey 

Dunedin

Pam was born in 1955 in Rotorua and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Ilam University, Christchurch.  She is now resident in Dunedin as a self employed contemporary jeweller and stone sculptor, a parent and music teacher. 

A 'Hard Stone' worker, Pam works in Greenstone, Basalt, Granite and Marble.  Since 1982 she has exhibited in many areas from Auckland to Dunedin.  Her work is sold through two galleries in Auckland, one each in Queenstown and Dunedin and she also works on commission.  In 1997 she took pad in the 'Art in the Park' (Papatuanuku) Symposia in Christchurch. 

Pam's latest work was a commission from Dunedin City Council for a permanent sculpture in Chingford Park.  She has collections in Dowse Art Museum, University of Otago, Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth and private collections.

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Steady as she goes...
ODT 13 Sep 1997 
 
 
Anne Michell 

Takaka

Anne, a resident of Takaka, Nelson has been sculpting full time for the past three years, mainly in Oamaru stone. 

Her 'Taniwha' was an integral part of Jon Lambert's Gold award winning features at the '95 and '96 Ellerslie Flower Show.  She has displayed a number of pieces in Motueka's Jacaranda Park Garden Art Show in 1995. 

She was part of the successful 1996 Ellerslie Flower Show by winning an award in the Outdoor Retail Section with Jocelynne Bacci, and admits although hard work was both enjoyable and successful. 

These two sculptors planned the first Pukeroa Stone Symposium at Upper Takaka in 1996.  Its success was reflected with sales of 80% of works on auction day and involved local school children who were allowed to "get a little dusty too".  She has also demonstrated the art of stone carving in Takaka.  Over the years she has attended four symposia - three local and one in Matamata.  Anne has works displayed at various Garden Centres, in public gardens and in private collections throughout the country.

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Rolfe Mills 
 
Wanaka
A resident of Wanaka, Rolfe is joint owner of Rippon Vineyard, a working member of the C.S.A. Gallery in Christchurch, and has produced wood sculptures over many years. 

He attended two seminars in Akaroa in '94 and '95 where live models were employed. 

As an emerging artist in stone carving he took part in the two Wanaka Symposia -Warbirds over Wanaka and Snowfest during 1996. These events were organised by Elizabeth Hall of Wanaka.

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Heina Petzold 

Christchurch

Heina Petzold was born in 1953 in Berlin, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1980 as an experienced jeweller. 

Since 1994 he has participated in stone symposia in Golden Bay (2), Omarama, Motueka, Christchurch (3), Nelson (2) and in Wellington.  In 1995 he sculpted by invitation in Singapore. 

Heina has exhibited in Golden Bay (Solo Exhibition) Motueka, and three times in Christchurch.  In May '97 together with five others established "Gallery 45", a sculptors studio in Christchurch.  Heina is now domiciled in Christchurch.

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Reece Rongonui 

Taranaki
 
reece@tart.co.nz

Born in Hawera, Taranaki in 1969, Reece Rongonui has now been sculpting for four and a half years using Taranaki Andersite, which he believes to be one of New Zealand's nicest stones with which to work. 

He is currently working on commissions for museums which include The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, The Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, The British Museum, London., The Museum of Mankind, London, The Dresden Museum, Germany, The National Museum, Vienna.

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Life used to be one big joke for Reece Rongonui...
 
 
Ra Vincent 
 
Wellington
Ra, born in Nelson in the mid 70's is now resident in Raumati South on the Kapiti Coast.  He studied Visual Arts for two years at Nelson Polytech.  He began his career with a solo exhibition Multi Media Painting at Metro, Nelson, and was commissioned to paint two murals for the Nelson City Council. 

In 1996 he exhibited works in paint at Zippys Nelson, and painted a mural on a truck for the Wearable Art Awards that create national interest. 

He was part of the group who carved in stone at the 'Warbirds over Wanaka' air show in '96 and went to Nelson's 'The Land' Stone Symposium. 

He then did some formal training under Bodhi Vincent in commercial artworks, films and mural painting.  He has attended other symposia at Wellington, Matamata and Christchurch. He is a member of the team currently sculpting in polystyrene and cement for a bush walk in the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

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Alan Ward 
 
Oamaru
Allan, English born during 2nd World War, has been working with stone since aged 15, beginning with an apprenticeship in a quarry.  Between 1977 and 1987 he was self employed as a stone mason and worked in both Germany and Canada. 

Returning to the UK in 1991 he again worked as a stone mason in Scotland for the next four years. 

He came to New Zealand in 1995 and took up a position with a local firm of stone masons, but has since reverted to his self employed status.  Allan has a studio in Oamaru's Historic Precinct where he sculpts at leisure.

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Allan Williams 
 
Auckland
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Marc Wilson 
 
Christchurch
A resident in Christchurch, Marc was born in the mid 1960's.  He has a past history as a painter, photographer, signwriter, and has dabbled as a cartoonist and musician. 

He attended the Dunedin School of Fine Arts for three years 1985 to 1987 inclusive. 

He has sculpted at no less than 10 symposia 1992 to 1997- East Takaka, Omarama, Motueka, Christchurch (2), Wanaka, Nelson and Wellington.

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Sandie Finnie 
 
Maheno 

Tutor

Tutoring is an aspect of sculpting I thoroughly enjoy.  My first workshop was held over four days on a farm near Geraldine and was rated highly successful by those who attended.  I have since held two more and have been tutoring evening community classes with more workshops and classes planned this year in North Otago. 

I get a real kick out of seeing the pleasure and pride on the faces of students as they complete their first stone carving and am constantly awed by the creativity that obviously lurked within them just waiting to be unleashed. 

Tutoring is challenging in that you are dealing with so many individual designs, helping each student realise his/her objective and there is always a terrific atmosphere of friendship and fun with each class.

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