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Timaru artist Claire Forbes is exhibiting more than 20 artworks in a new exhibition at York St Gallery

by Greta Yeoman

Watercolour scenes from around the South Island make up the final York St Gallery exhibition for the year.

Timaru artist Claire Forbes is exhibiting more than 20 artworks at the gallery in a new exhibition, which opened on Friday.

While most artworks are of scenes in Timaru and its surroundings, others were painted in Dunedin and Central Otago, she said.

Forbes mainly paints landscapes and streetscapes, looking at the light.

She previously painted in oils but took up watercolours when she moved to Timaru in 2005 and watched a group of older painters work with the medium.

She particularly likes the “soft edges” that naturally occur with the blending of colours in watercolours.

York St Gallery owner Debbie Templeton-Page told The Courier, prior to the start of the exhibition, that she was looking forward to exhibiting Forbes’ artworks again.

“I love her work.”

Claire Forbes’ exhibition will runs until late January. The gallery is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.