Emily Lake will be exhibiting her glass jewellery at Art Group Nelson’s summer exhibition at Queens Gardens this Saturday. Photo: Kate Russell.

Art show comes to Queens Gardens


Queens Gardens will be turned into an outdoor art gallery this Saturday for Art Group Nelson’s annual summer exhibition.

The one-day-only event has been running for more than 30 years and around 50 exhibitors will be selling their original works – including glass artist, Emily Lake.

Although Emily has been creating her unique glass jewellery and sculptures for 42 years, this will be her first time exhibiting her work at Queens Gardens.

“It’s always hard to get in as it’s so popular. I’m really pleased to be part of it this year.”

Emily says she learned the art form in her late teens when she was apprenticed as a flamework assistant in the North Island.

She uses a technique called lampworking, where a torch or lamp is used to melt the glass before it is formed by blowing and shaping.

President of Nelson Art Group Nicole Russell says the exhibition is a great way to experience a variety of work from local artists in a “lovely setting”.

“We’ll have different glass forms, textiles, woodwork, jewellery, mosaics and paintings, using all types of medium. The exhibitors are with their work and enjoy talking to the public about their techniques and art practice.”

The exhibition is on this Saturday, 18 January from 10am – 5:30pm (Sunday 19 January if wet) at the Hardy St entrance of Queens Gardens.