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Remastered: Barbara Lawson & Maggy Johnston

Friday 18th October-Friday 8th November 2019

In ‘Remastered’, local artists Barbara Lawson and Maggy Johnston join forces in the art of reinvention. Inspired by the Dutch Masters, Barb has created a body of work with opulence and whimsy. However, within each intricately reverse-painted masterpiece, she includes objects of personal and comical meaning from clothes pegs and musical instruments to rhino’s, elephants and native birds.

Maggy Johnston has re-mastered discarded materials through slowly and carefully applying them with the traditional skills of knitting, crocheting and and weaving. Using wire, thread, rope, catgut, and anything else that resembles twine, she references her work back to the feminine. Dairy factory solenoids become copper doilies, Grandma’s dresses and handbags. Fishing nylon becomes a knitted bodice while vintage glass syringes turn into over-sized jewellery.

A year in the making, this joint show revels in the element of surprise and is testament to the playful and experimental approach these two artists bring to their respective arts practices.

The exhibition opens on Friday 18th October at 6.00pm so guests can stop by after the Nelson Masked Parade. All welcome!



October 18–19, 21–26, 28–31
November 1–2, 4–8


Opening Friday 18th October, 6pm. Then 10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-2 Sat


Parker Gallery
90 Achilles Avenue, Wakatu Square
Parking available

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Ph. 03 539 4280

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