Gallery to mark 10 years of art

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A Timaru gallery is celebrating a special milestone.
The York Street Gallery of Fine Art will mark 10 years with a birthday exhibition which begins tomorrow and runs until August 25.
The 10th birthday celebrations are ‘‘very humbling’’, owner Debbie Templeton-Page said.
‘‘I would very much like to thank everyone for their support over the years,’’ she said.
‘‘I can hardly believe 10 years have passed since Austen Deans, with Janie Annear at his side cut the red ribbon to open the gallery,’’ she said.
Timaru Mayor Damon Odey has agreed to open the gallery’s birthday exhibition tomorrow night.
‘‘The gallery used to be a sculpting studio.
‘‘I first learnt to sculpt here and ended up buying the place, from Pam Chancellor. I tidied up the front part of the studio to be a little sculpture gallery.’’
Mrs Templeton-Page said she and friend Chris Gudsell, decided Timaru needed a dealer art gallery, ‘‘so we decided Chris would source the paintings and I would put my sculptures in’’. So began the York St Gallery of Fine Art.
‘‘Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own,’’ she said.
The gallery has an exhibition about every four to six weeks, and additional, smaller exhibits throughout the year.
Many artists have shown their work over the past 10 years, and a large array of works will be part of the 10th birthday event, she said.
Artists exhibiting include Llew Summers, Marilynn Webb, Jason Greig, Louise Greig, Robyn Webster, Joanne Webber, Barry Cleavin, Sharleen McIssac, Mary Horn, Craig Freeborn, David Lloyd, Blanche Fryer, Robert Ireland, Polly Rowe, Christeena McDonald, Colin Higgins, Maria Foley, Anita Rogers, Cindy King, Lizzie Love, Matt Williams, Brent Holley, Diana Peneamene, Claire Forbes, Midge McMillan, Marita Bool and Sandie Davies.
Austen Deans’ work will also feature in the display.
‘‘It’s nice because he was here when I opened the gallery.’’
She put the gallery’s success down to the high standard of art.
‘‘It’s a very friendly place, too.
‘‘I’ve also always tried to encourage emerging artists and tried to ensure this isn’t an intimidating place.’’
The gallery is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Mrs Templeton-Page is also always happy to open by chance or appointment.