Whats On at Central Stories
A selection of the notable artists from the Central Otago region across a range of disciplines and media – all works are for sale.
Given the small population base (around 19,000 people) this is a significant celebration of the arts in Central Otago. It features three nationally recognised poets, one of the country's senior jewellers, a nationally recognised weaver, two internationally recognised glass artists, a photographer and 6 of the regions notable painters – all residents and practicing in this region.
Kobi Bosshard Maurice Middleditch
Patricia Bosshard Browne Odelle Morshuis
Gail De Jong Eric Schusser
Neil Driver Marie Simberg-Hoglund
Michael Harlow Jillian Sullivan
Ola Hoglund Brian Turner
Sheena Lassen Nigel Wilson
An impressive exhibition featuring eight notable Wanaka artists each with their own distinctive style.
The diversity of the artists' personalities and their approach, media and execution of their works makes this a show not to be missed. It consists of fifty quality works all for sale.
Maurice Watson, General Manager at Central Stories chose the eight artists believing they each have a position of note to warrant inclusion in this exhibition. He then selected each of the works for their quality, consistency and value for viewers, buyers and other artists.
In putting this show together he wanted to bring Wanaka artists to a new audience while also bringing attention to the artists involved.
Open daily 10am to 4pm.
In association with
SoReal is a celebration of one artist’s imagination.
Ray guns, steampunk lamps, ‘Mars Explorer’ & more cool stuff.
They are fantasy, made real, but not.
This exhibition is a celebration of Sean Boyd’s imagination and creativity. An artist takes a blank piece of canvas and can make us believe it is a landscape or a tree or a person’s face. Sean Boyd looks at something very mundane—a teapot, a corkscrew or an old electric drill and he sees fantastical potential. Through his imagination and creativity he can transport us back to childhood delight, fantasy and wonderment.
“I want the kids and parents to walk away believing in new possibilities for art and rubbish. I hope adults to leave this exhibition beaming, having felt the delighted and intrigued child within. My challenge is to hide recognizable objects in plain sight so it becomes a challenge for the onlooker to identify them individually.”
Sean Boyd August 2016
Check out images of Sean’s creations on the
Many of these are for sale
Who is the person behind these fantastical creations?
An interview with Sean Boyd
How did you get to this point?“I always took things apart to see how they worked and often made new toys from old ones, like turning old electronic toys into burglar alarms to protect my room from my sister!”
How has that inner ‘artist’ emerged?“In early 2012 I was feeling creative, but can't paint or draw. I went into my garage and looked at an old electric drill and decided it looked like a ray gun so I made the 'Alien Ray Gun'. It looked really interesting so I put it on TradeMe and the response was amazing, so I went on to make more and use the Queenstown market for international exposure.
I moved full time into junk art in January this year.
I never draw or sketch any plan. I also never go hunting for parts. I use what I have on hand at the time (I do have a lot on hand though!). Everything follows a natural flow of creation that unfolds as I go."
What is the starting point for each piece?“As soon as I look at the first piece of junk and decide what it's alter ego is, I know what the finished item will be i.e. a Disney style ray gun or a Steampunk time machine lamp. All progress flows towards that goal.”
Every new piece I make starts as one object that I've looked at from a different angle and viewpoint. I then find other pieces to compliment the first piece’s attributes in its new role. I concentrate on hiding how most things are joined together. Hiding screws etc gives a genuine manufactured look. I also make sure the item is balanced visually and correctly weighted in the hand.”
So you are really playing with the viewers mind and emotions.“Yes, each piece is made to look and feel authentic and real to the point of challenging common sense as it tries to cast doubt.“
You have said you think you can tune into your nine-year-old inner self – what is that person like?“That person gets excited driving into the tip knowing there might be something extraordinary waiting for me, like a chrome 1960's milkshake maker or other kitchen appliances. I can't wait to get back home with my new finds and marry them up with other bits I know I already have. I rush into everything like an excited nine year old. When I see people smiling when they see my work, they have the smile of a nine year old.”
Sean Boyd August 2016