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Own art on display . . . Timaru sculptor Debbie Templeton-Page prepares three of her own sculptures for their move from York St Gallery to Aigantighe Art Gallery, where they will go on display tomorrow. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Debbie Templeton-Page has switched from hosting other artists’ exhibitions to holding one of her own.

The Timaru sculptor’s exhibition “Dreams Journey” is on display at Aigantighe Art Gallery, after opening last week.

While she usually hosts other artists’ work at her own space, York St Gallery, 25 of her own works went on display on Friday.

The “Dreams Journey” exhibit features 25 sculptures of human forms, three made of alabaster and the remaining 22 made of bronze.

She said the sculptures were inspired by emotions and the spiritual life of the world.

“I believe that each of us are spiritual beings having a human experience,” she said of the art.

While some sculptures are of human bodies, some works are torsos without heads or heads without bodies and others still are “angelic forms” – with and without wings.

One artwork is titled “Wings on the Inside”, Templeton-Page said.

She had been looking forward to exhibiting at Aigantighe and described it as an “awesome space”.

“It’s nice to take my work out of York St.”

The long-time sculptor has permanent works on display around the wider Canterbury area, including in Timaru, Lake Tekapo, Ashburton, Temuka and Oxford.

Some of her sculptures have graced Government House and are also owned by Sir James Wallace’s Wallace Trust art collection.

“Dreams Journey” is available to view at Aigantighe Art Gallery in Wai-iti Rd, until March 3. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and from 12 noon to 4pm on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.