Audrey Young Exhibition
Posted by WACMA on 17/04/2014
A retrospective exhibition of paintings by Audrey Young - classic landscapes, vibrant florals.
Dates: April 17 - May 7 2014.
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Audrey Young was born in Thames and moved to Waitawheta to go farming after she married.
She took up evening classes at Waihi College when Campbell Smith was the Head of the Art Department there, and attended life drawing classes, and workshops with up and coming New Zealand painters such as Pat Hanly. She worked in many mediums including pen and ink, pencil, oil and acrylic.
She became a member of the Waihi Art Club in the mid 1960’s along with Hilary Timanus. The club catered for painters and potters and when Audrey became a member of the Waihi Arts Centre & Museum committee, she set about visiting and collecting artwork from potters and painters around the Coromandel and beyond, including Northland. All of these were amateurs who had few options for displaying and selling their work. The Gallery at the Museum became a creative hub. Mary Smeaton was another committee member who brought her needlework talents to the scene.
Audrey has been a Life Member of WACMA for many years, and still maintains a keen interest in what happens to the Society. Her generous donations of both paintings and archival papers and photos have added much to the fascinating backstory of this place.