Artist enjoys village theme

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by Greta Yeoman

Village life is the theme of an upcoming exhibition at York Street Gallery.

Christchurch artist Sarah Rutherford is exhibiting 12 new works at the Timaru gallery in an exhibition opening tomorrow.

She said her interest in architecturally themed designs began when she first started creating her watercolour and pen artworks, drawing on New Zealand’s heritage buildings and farm houses around the country for inspiration.

Nowadays, her artworks are often imaginary village scenes, complete with residents strolling around and farm animals in the fields.

“And there’s always a cat somewhere.”

York Street Gallery owner Debbie Templeton-Page said despite the consistent village scenes in Rutherford’s artworks, there was always an animal or something else to spot in her creations.

“They make me smile.”

The gallery, at 21 York St, is open from 11am to 3pm, Thursday to Saturday, but Ms Templeton-Page said she was also happy to open the gallery at different times if people contacted her.

Rutherford’s exhibition will run from July 27 to September 6.

For more information or to view the artworks visit www.yorkstgallery.com