Nelson artist Ann Braunsteiner with her work at Quiet Dog Gallery. Photo: Kate Russell.

Dreamy exhibition comes to Nelson city gallery


Four very different artists are coming together for a one-of-a-kind exhibition at Nelson’s Quiet Dog Gallery.

‘Pieces of a Dream’ opens this Thursday and runs until 16 November.

Gallery owner Gill Starling has put together female artists Ann Braunsteiner, Fleur Woods, Frith Wilkinson and Hannah Melville, with the brief to create work that reflects what happens in their sub-conscious.

There are paintings of cloaks made of moths’ wings, stitched works that are gardens in full bloom, modern ceramic pieces that look like ancient artefacts, and layered multi-media artworks that play with ideas of gender and identity.

Gill says, on one level, the four artists couldn’t be more different, but visitors to the exhibition will discover some common threads that link the work together.

Nelson based Ann Braunsteiner is known for mixed media works that have a dark edge and explore the human psyche. Originally from Austria, Ann moved to Nelson in 2009 and started painting in 2011.

Gill says she wanted to create a dynamic exhibition and deliberately chose artists who have a singular style.

“Sometimes a gallery might shy away from putting together diverse work. So, we thought, ‘let’s really change it up and make it exciting.”

‘Pieces of a Dream’ is on at Quiet Dog Gallery, 33 Wakatu Lane, from 17 October – 16 November.