In 1995 a group of important artists and bookmakers associated with Wellington’s Inverlochy Art School created a limited boxed edition of original prints. This exclusive project was created as a special gift to institutions and sponsors in appreciation of their support to Inverlochy Art School.
In 2015 we invited them back to Inverlochy, to show their new and retrospective work alongside the original boxed edition, in an exhibition entitled 'Twenty Summers'. Incredibly after twenty years ALL of the artists were located, and enthusiastically agreed to participate. Some are sending work from as far away as Australia and the UK, and Cameron Drawbridge has very kindly agreed to provide prints by his father, the late John Drawbridge MBE. John was such an important part of the Print Studio, and a great teacher and mentor to many New Zealand printmakers. The focus of the exhibition is to help raise the profile and rejuvenate the Print Studio at Inverlochy Art School, and any profits from the sale of work will assist with this. For the first time ever an original set of prints and their beautiful bespoke box, will be auctioned at the exhibition opening, which takes place on Monday November 30th at 5.30pm. This is a truly unique opportunity to own this rare piece of Wellington’s art history. There will also be the chance for two other lucky guests at the opening to win original prints, donated by well known Wellington artists and printmakers Basia Smolnicki and Rosemary Mortimer.
The exhibition is being held for ONE WEEK only from Nov 30th – Dec 6th, at Inverlochy Art School (yes it’s the haunted one!), 3 Inverlochy Place (off Abel Smith St), Wellington. An artist’s talk and demonstration in the Print Studio will take place during the exhibition programme.
The original ‘box’ artists whose work will feature in the exhibition are, the late John Drawbridge MBE, Basia Smolnicki, Rosemary Mortimer, Margaret Elliot, Michele Bryant , Simon Sherning (UK), Jenny Murray, Cindy Flook, Barbara Schmelzer(Australia), Kristin O'Sullivan Peren , Dr Sydney Shep, and Eleanor Whyle. They will be joined by current and former tutors including Christine Porter (Australia), Sheyne Tuffery, Bruce Mahalski and Judy Blanchard.
Basia Smolnicki is a Wellington based artist specialising in traditionally hand crafted fine art and etched glass for homes and interiors.