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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

E | info@ashburtonartgallery.org.nz

Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day

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Events

The Gallery extends its exhibition programme through a diverse range of events and activities that are designed to enrich your experience of visual discovery. Our public programmes range from workshops to artist talks and include guided tours and film screenings.

 

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Love Letters | Art Gallery Fundraiser

Don’t miss this unique fundraiser, perfect for your Christmas functions.

We will be hosting a fundraiser in December with the worlld-wide acclaimed play, Love Letters by American playwright A.R. Gurney. There will be a matinee and evening performance of this heartfelt piece centred on the exchange of letters between two characters, Melissa played by Karen Elliot and Andrew played by Kevin Soster. The play is told solely through the letters, notes and cards they wrote to each other over a period of fifty years.

Love Letters explores the bittersweet relationship of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, lawyer and politician, and Melissa Gardner, a free-spirited artist, as told solely through the letters, notes and cards they wrote to each other over fifty years.

A.R. Gurney, is renowned for capturing the manners of upper-middle-class WASP America. In an age of instant communication, his Pulitzer Prize nominated Love Letters reminds audiences of the intimacy of letter writing, as it traces the relationship between the impetuous, lively Melissa and the staid, no-nonsense Andy. As the letters are read aloud, what is created is a frequently funny, yet evocative and touching story, in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

From its smash hit Broadway debut in 1989, Love Letters has been translated into such diverse languages as French and Urdu, and performed all over the world. Actors of all ages have clamoured to play Melissa and Andy, including Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels; Charlton Heston and Jean Simmons; Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, as well as Alan Alda, Diana Rigg, Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken.

Love Letters is an extraordinary piece,’ says Brian Dennehy, who played Andy in the 2014 Broadway revival. ‘You cannot stage a play more simply than this, and yet it’s about everything in life. First love, loss of opportunities, loss of life, loss of love … ‘It’s a beautiful play, and all you do is speak it.’

Tickets are available from the Gallery reception for $50 each, $35 for rest home and retirement village residents, and $45 for Gallery Friends.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York.

Please note the following parking information when attending the evening performance.
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09 December | 2:30pm afternoon tea performance & 7:30pm bubbly and dessert performance

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Art addicts

Art Addicts (AA) is the Gallery’s weekly art space for kids. Wrap up your Wednesday school day and head to the AAG to get creative and explore themes in art. Jub Jub members are welcome to use this time to complete work from the Sunday sessions or partake in new activities provided. These sessions will not incur any extra costs for Jub Jub members as they are included in their membership fee. A great space for children to interact and learn from each other in a safe and facilitated environment. Children of all ages welcome. Donations appreciated.

 

Every Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30pm

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In Colour

Meet new people and explore the simple pleasure of colouring-in at our new In Colour programme at the Gallery taking twice a month with a morning and evening session, this popular activity will calm your nerves and inspire you to connect with others through creativity. These are social sessions with all equipment supplied, however feel to bring along your own colouring-in books and pencils. Sessions are held on the second Friday of the month between 10:30am-12:00pm and the last Wednesday of the month between 5:00-7:00pm. Beginners and all ages are welcome.

Dates for upcoming sessions:

Wednesday 22 Feburary, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 10 March, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 29 March, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 14 April, Closed for Good Friday | Wednesday 26 April, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 12 May, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 31 May, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 9 June , 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 28 June, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 14 July , 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 26 July, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 11 August, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 30 August, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 8 September, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 27 September, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 13 October, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 25 October, 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 10 November, 10:30am-12:00pm | Wednesday 29 November, 5:00-7:00pm (please bring along any finshed works)

Friday 8 December, 10:30am-12:00pm ( last session for 2017 and wall display of finshed works made over the past year)

2nd Friday of the month, 10:30am- 12pm & Last Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm

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