New Nelson Suter Art Society members Paul Deacon, Karen Joost and Debra Cole will be exhibiting at the McKee Gallery this month. Photo: Kate Russell.

New Suter members hold first ‘diverse’ exhibition

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Five new and very diverse members of the Nelson Suter Art Society have banded together for their first exhibition.

“I don’t think it’s often you’d ever find an exhibition of five completely different types of art thrown together,” says member and marine artist, Paul Deacon.

“This is our first opportunity as newbies to put our work out for everybody to see.”

‘Five Artists Four Walls’ kicks off at the Suter’s McKee Gallery on 10 August, with work ranging from marine art, landscape pastels and photography to unique fine-crafted wood displays.

“The wonderful thing about the exhibition is the diversity,” says Debra Cole, who will be showing her series of black and white photos.

“Each of us have a very different modality that we use. We’re quite a mixed group of artists and I think that makes it interesting.”

Other exhibiting members include Tasman-based pastel artist Karen Joost, woodwork craftsman Jonathan Truslove and Anna Pickersgill-Brown, who works in a variety of mediums.

The majority of them have only been members of the 130-year-old society since the beginning of the year.

Debra says one of the “wonderful” things about the society is it gives individuals without a background in art an opportunity to apply as artist members.

“It gives us a chance to exhibit, which is wonderful.”

‘Five Artists Four Walls’ runs from 10 – 30 August at the Suter’s McKee Gallery.