Ron Esplin

Ron has had a lifetime exposure to art as his late father Tom and his mother Edith were both artists, and his brother Clark is also a painter. Ron and Clark still refer to their involvement in art activities as “The Family Firm.” Ron has been drawing the people and things around him since he … Continue reading

Pauline Bellamy

I mentioned I’d seen a work in the gallery which had the words dry point etching. Pauline pulled out her sketchbook from their recent trip to Australia, selected a sketch of a busker, and proceeded to talk me through the process of dry point etching. Well, there was a slight creak as the interview sneaked … Continue reading

Simply Flowers

This morning, armed with camera and notebook, I popped in to chat with Donna between customers.  Donna is arty and funky, has a real flair for presentation and is putting her all into her business, Simply Flowers. I have a strong feeling Donna’s floral arrangement, in response to her chosen haiku, is going to be … Continue reading

St Clair Design

On Friday I called in to see Dallas to collect the answers to the interview questions and she casually mentioned perhaps I might be keen on organising another evening. Sure, I replied, I’d be happy to. This time next year would probably work – another winter gathering to chase away the blues. Oh, said Dallas, … Continue reading

Our Winter Blues pick-me-up evening

Last night 40 friends and guests enjoyed a Winter Blues pick-me-up evening  at St Clair Design. Dallas Cunningham had great discounts on her Hallelujah and St Clair labels while husband Rob, offered delicious mini muffins to each guest as they arrived –  an extra surprise discount was hidden in the bottom of each paper case! … Continue reading

Gallaway Cook Allan Lawyers

 Frances Anderson from Gallaway Cook Allan has been a lifeline I frequently grasp for! When Poems in the Waiting Room was in its infancy Frances contacted me and offered the firm’s assistance with all the paperwork involved in becoming a charity. And then I called on her to see if Gallaway Cook Allan would sponsor … Continue reading

Judy Ringland-Stewart

Leaving work at 2.00pm on a chilly Dunedin afternoon I wandered past all the 50% off sales in George St and headed down Stuart St to meet Judy Ringland-Stewart. Judy was ‘on duty’ at the Stuart St Potters Co-op but with winter being the quiet season for the gallery we were able to have an … Continue reading

Chris Bates

Today I’d like you to join me for a meander along the path and side-tracks of Chris Bates’s life. I first met Chris at the Dunedin Railway Station Art Gallery when this project was in its infancy. Chris was serving in the shop and upon seeing her necklace I made some comment, a positive one, … Continue reading