The Lane Gallery

The Lane Gallery

Light, white and welcoming, it has an intimate exhibition space set out in such a way that you can browse without feeling watched.

Often on show are paintings by talented, emerging artists—sometimes solo, sometimes within small groups.

Maori and Pacific Island artists are well represented; the gallery director was one of the first to explore the Pacific theme in a mainstream art setting.

Significantly, The Lane Gallery also carries works on paper. A flick through the print stand in the back gallery reveals a veritable feast of affordable, original art.

Score a Tom Burnett screen-print to evoke summer. Jenny Dolezel’s quirky mezzotints will appeal to those with a sense of humour; as will Margie Sheppard’s soft, dreamy etchings.

John Drawbridge, Dagmar Dyck and Rodney Fumpston are represented; Tony Ogle, whose New Zealand landscape screen-prints are positively iconic; and Cynthia Taylor’s symbol-rich etchings, with their detailed feathers, kina and curling fern fronds.

Among emerging print artists’ works, Tracey Williams’ hand-coloured silk-screens, feminine and witty, would make great wedding gifts.

The emphasis on works on paper provides another whole layer of experience to The Lane Gallery. With a bit of poking around, everyone will find something they like—if not hanging on the gallery walls or on plinths displaying ceramics and glass, then in a print draw.

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