Putting mark on gallery

Holly Davies and her mother Anne Brewer are the new owners of Monterey Gallery and already they have embarked on some exciting new directions. This month Holly talks about the duo’s first annual small works exhibition entitled the 40×40 Salon.

Having recently taken over the Monterey Gallery it’s exciting to be hosting 40×40 Salon which runs from April 8-22. The Salon showcases some 75 artworks, by more than 30 artists from all around New Zealand, including print makers Annie Smits Sandano and Lizzie Snow, painters, Grant Reed, Russell Hollings, Emma Rogan and Brenda Clews, and paper sculptor, Angelo De Marchi.

The idea behind The Salon was to create an exhibition with a wide scope of aesthetics and styles and it will exhibit works by all artists who have entered across a range of mediums from painting and photography to small sculptures, as long as the size constraint of 40x40cm is followed.

Anne and I see this as a fun opportunity to meet new artists and also showcase a variety of artworks which offer something for everyone.

The small sizing works well as it keeps the price point friendly and makes works accessible for new art collectors. We plan to run this annually and, hopefully, each year we will see it grow and evolve.

For this inaugural event we’re thrilled with the number of artists who have wanted to join in. There is such a big variety of form and style such as works by Teri Shin from Elam who sculpts pretzels and donuts or Samer Hatem with his dark etching and drypoint pieces.

For more information contact us on 09 5329022 or visit our website www.monterey.gallery.