Gallery packed for first showing of year

Oamaru's Forrester Gallery has enjoyed a bumper start to the new year, with more than 100 people cramming into the gallery last weekend to view works by Burns Pollock.

The exhibition, titled "Artyfacts", featured watercolour representations of agricultural artefacts collected by Pollock from around the region, accompanied by the objects that inspired them.

Gallery director Warwick Smith said the night, co-hosted by Friends of the Forrester and members of the artist's family, was a "huge success".

"It supplied a wonderful opportunity for town and country to come together," he said, before praising the artist's "irrepressible wit" and ability to collect artefacts which told a story of a bygone age.

"People came to Oamaru from all over the country," Mr Smith said.

"It really does cement the role of the gallery as a meeting place as well as a place to show art work for our region."

The works, containing everything from a hanging 1953 Austin Truck door to wooden stools and an antique ice breaker, proved popular with punters, with nine of the 12 exhibited paintings set to grace the walls of homes in the wider Waitaki district.

The interest was testament to the high regard in which Pollock was held in the region, Mr Smith said.


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