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Riverton Community Arts Centre presents:

John Husband

'View from the Artist’s Studio'

10 Dec 2017 - 4 Mar 2018

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm

John Husband – ‘View from the Artist’s Studio’ is a survey exhibition, an overview of the artist’s career, featuring artworks never before exhibited in a gallery setting and available for purchase, alongside a number of notable artworks and personal effects that will be on display. All of which will provide an insight into the extensive artistic career and life of Riverton resident and Southlander by adoption, Foster John Husband Q.S.O.

Opening Sunday 10th December, the exhibition will run until Sunday 4th March. The Arts Centre will be open Wednesday–Sunday from 11am–4pm during the show. John spent 20 years contributing illustrations to this publication - The Western Star newspaper, 22 years at The Southland Times, 16 years as a broadcaster at Foveaux Radio and was Director of Anderson Park Art Gallery for over half a century. An artist, journalist, broadcaster, musician and philanthropist, John and partner Jan Ross specifically chose Riverton Community Arts Centre for this exhibition to help raise funds for the Arts Centre, as Riverton is the place he loves and where he has called home for the last 30 years.

Many Western Star readers will be familiar with John's drawings, many of which will be on show at the exhibition with a good proportion featuring Riverton houses and buildings. As an artist John has recorded, intentionally or not, many changes in Southland landscapes and townscapes over the decades. Some buildings are long gone, others altered but recognisable, and some views remarkably unchanged. His pieces are often accompanied by local histories, amusing anecdotes and personal observations - a priceless contribution to the history of Southland and beyond.

A large number of original pen & wash artworks, some from the ‘Pub’s ‘O the South’ and ‘Riverton & Beyond’ 1 & 2 book series, will be available for purchase and displayed either in frames or folders for the public to browse through. This is an amazing opportunity to obtain an original piece of Southland’s history as seen through the eyes of John Husband. There will also be a large number of John’s books available for purchase during the exhibition.

Everyone involved in this project feels incredibly fortunate and very excited about this upcoming event and the majority of time that has been put into this exhibition has been offered on a voluntary basis as a thank you to John for his service and commitment to the Arts in Southland.

A gold coin koha is welcome when visiting the exhibition; this will help toward costs associated with the running of the Arts Centre.

The Riverton Community Arts Centre Trust, volunteers and Project Coordinator Lisa Grace, look forward to sharing our exciting event with the people of Southland.

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