Reinterpreting Led Zeppelin

Art Beat
with Rosalie Crawford

Colleen Waite from Kaitaia opens her exhibition at Lightwave Gallery, Totara Street on Easter Sunday with a stunning display of mixed media abstracts that are both restorative and joyous.

Her first solo exhibition in the Bay of Plenty, “A World of Diversity” gives us her window view on life, and a sense that she is responding to what she has experienced with a resilient and assertive smile of hope.

Colleen Waite. Photo: supplied.

In fact she mentions that she discovered her creative ability when using art to work through the sadness of personal loss.

Raised by a mother who was a dressmaker, she was immersed in colour and texture from an early age which instilled into her a fascination with design and colour.

This permeates, literally, through her work, as she uses laces, fabrics, paper and other media to overlay and build threads of patterns and colour.

To me these represent the strands of feelings, thoughts and emotions that weave through our lives as we journey past loss, grief or anguish onto restoring a balance once again.

Colleen jokes that she has AADD (Artist Attention Diversion Disorder).   She has worked for many years in the field of Addictions Counselling, and it’s clear, that for her, she carries within an outlook on life that is both colourful and positive. Pablo Picasso wrote “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” This is evident in her work.

Overlaying the layers of mixed media, she applies resin which gives a transparency and glow to her work, reminding us that there is always hope for the future. Colleen’s world is diverse and layered, balanced and restored, and she brings this to us in a remarkable way.

A World of Diversity shows from 18-30 April, with an invitation to meet Colleen Waite on Easter Sunday afternoon at the Lightwave Gallery from 12-4pm.


Video:Rosalie Crawford.

Catching up with James Stanbridge feels refreshingly like stepping into a retro 1950s science adventure comic book. He’s one of 12 mostly idiosyncratic artists contributing to Creative Tauranga and Lightwave Gallery’s Bleeding Vinyl Covers Group exhibition.

This musically-themed exhibition, timed to coincide with the National Jazz Festival, was co-curated by Ken Wright from Lightwave Gallery and Angela McKenzie from Creative Tauranga.

Album cover art, an important part of our musical cultural tapestry, provided opportunity for the artists to reinterpret a favourite LP cover, using a range of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, illustration, photography, graphic design and printmaking.

James based his two pieces on Led Zeppelin and its clear his Moby Dick is reminiscent of their debut album cover.


James Stanbridge’s Moby Dick interpretation.

James was known as ‘the drawing kid’ at school and tells me he always planned to be an artist or a scientist.


James Stanbridge is exhibiting work in the Bleeding Vinyl Covers Group exhibition.

Growing up in Opotiki, he moved to Tauranga for secondary education, then on to study design.

He works with pencil and has dabbled with paint but clearly likes, as he says: “the particular-ness of illustration”. As a detail-focused person, the way he draws reflects this.


James Stanbridge’s work in the Bleeding Vinyl Covers Group exhibition.

This is his first exhibition of his original art. He’s tutoring at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and he’ll also be part of an upcoming exhibition at Lightwave called ‘Boys Toys’.

The Bleeding Vinyl Covers Group Exhibition runs until May 6, 2014, at Creative Tauranga, and then is reinstalled at Lightwave Gallery at 30 Totara St.

Other artists exhibiting are Stephanie Brebner, Clive Armstrong, Nick Eggleston, Ashley Grant, Elliot Mason, Anj Keate, Ken Wright, Lesley Robb, Don Overbeay, Angela McKenzie, and Nicol Sanders-O’Shea.



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