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Artists bond at ConArt

Viv Walker, Rosalie Jurczenko, and Marie Kjestrup Evans with their art at ConArt. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

The latest rotation of artists at Masterton’s ConArt container art space has brought together local creatives Viv Walker, Rosalie Jurczenko, and Marie Kjestrup Evans.

Marie, who previously had a gallery in Hawkes Bay, said she moved to Wairarapa 12 months ago because her sister had Motor Neuron Disease.

Sadly, her sister died in December, but Marie said she would continue to pursue her art interests in Wairarapa for the time being.

“I have an elderly mother here, so I am down here for now, and this is an opportunity for family and friends down here to see my work,” she said.

“I find it is good to see your work out of context.

“It is a completely different scenario to your home studio.

“Your work takes on a life on its own out of your comfort zone.”

Rosalie and Viv, of Carterton, have gone into ConArt together, sharing the same container space.

“It’s great – as opposed to just being on my own, it would be quite overwhelming otherwise,” Rosalie said.

Viv, who is a portrait artist will be offering $25 portraits from Thursday through to Saturday at 11am until 1pm.

She said she was pleased to see the continued support for the ConArt creative space since it launched at the end of last year.

“Everyone has been supportive in the arts community about this.

“It was a huge amount of work to set this up, and we want to see it thrive.”
ConArt, on the corner of Bruce St and Queen St, is a collection of containers creating a gallery and art studio space.

Wairarapa-based artists come together to create, exhibit and sell original artwork, and with four-weekly rotations, the art scene is always changing.

ConArt is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 4.30pm.

Viv, Rosalie, and Marie will be showcased until May 20.

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