Painting Alchemy

By Carolyn Enting

Painting Alchemy
Artist Anna Stichbury is offering people the chance to not only view art but to make it as well, as part of her upcoming exhibition Alchemy in Parnell.

The rich and vibrant artworks of Wellington artist Anna Stichbury’s are magical creations so its fitting that her upcoming exhibition is titled Alchemy.

Gold leaf is often a feature of Stichbury’s works too, providing added depth and lustre to the talented artist’s work, yet it’s the process rather than the materials she uses that create alchemy for Stichbury.

“I love this word, the process of transforming something common or ordinary into something precious and extraordinary (like gold). This to me is painting,” Stichbury says. “Taking ordinary materials like paint and canvas and creating something beautiful and precious.”

Her upcoming exhibition at Parnell Gallery, which opens on August 22, will feature her most recent works on paper and canvas. The opening function, which is open to everyone, has a twist. Stichbury is not only giving people the opportunity to view art, but to make art too and “practice of a bit of alchemy” themselves. Participants will be able to take part in an interactive silkscreen demonstration and take their artwork home free of charge.


Places are limited for the silkscreen participation element of the exhibition opening event at 2pm so those keen need to register their interest and book a place with Parnell Gallery +64 9 377 3133 or email: [email protected]

The exhibition runs until August 31.

Photography by Amber-Jayne Bain


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