March 16, 2015

Shadow Self at Mint Gallery

In association with the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2015

What a convivial opening night celebration shared with wonderful people who delighted in our punch and platters of food.

The works were installed without a hitch and with no room to spare with willing assistance from Murray at Mint. Thanks Murray!

It was great to see our diverse responses to the theme of 'Shadow Self' taken from an essay by Virginia Woolf. There were historical and psychoanalytical references as well as domestic and feminist viewpoints. All in all, it was a celebration of womanhood in light of the recent International Woman's Day held on March 8, 2015.

Jane Armour Guilt/Gilt

Becs Cameron animus

Nicki Gilmore Waianakarua River near Herbert

Kiri Mitchell Virginia Meets the Wolf

Claire Peters She’s always there

Anna Smythe Meander

Susan Videler The Pools

Marion Wassenaar [Heading Nowhere] in a Navy Blue Suit

August 27, 2014

Exhibition - Compact

Salon des femmes got together again for a one night show in association with OUSA Art Week. Known also as 'White Night', the evening involved a gallery and studio crawl around Dunedin. This year's event was very well supported and Dunedin weather even managed balmy temperatures for the evening.

'Compact', [our brief was to respond to this word] was exhibited at 140 George St, in a small entrance way leading to Becs' studio space. This studio is also home to artists Hana and Xach from Fresh And Fruity GalleryTheir show was in the room next door presenting a night of 'Opulence'. 
Opulence is sharing all of life's positives. From creating a delicious recipe to finding the perfect dress for Spring. Curate your best lifestyle to save time, simplify and feel inspired.
 It was a really fun night, the fruit punch went down very well and by 9pm folk were returning from the crawl to listen to live music out the back.

Here's some images of the show alongside our definitions.



June 9, 2014

Pioneer Women's Hall

In April, Salon des femmes volunteered, through the Scarfie Army, Otago Polytechnic, to clean the windows at the Pioneer Women's Hall. There were 'many windows to wash' (I now have Jimmy Cliff's 'Many rivers to cross' tune in my head!!), but many hands made light work so it was a great effort by the team. Well done ladies!

As a result of the window washing, Sara from the YWCA invited us to show works at the YWCA AGM in the Pioneer Women's hall on Friday, May 30th and we were open to the public the following day. We invited two friends, Jane Armour and Carol Bungard, to join us in the show. We spent a lovely Saturday in the hall making pikelets and chatting to friends, family and visitors. Some were lucky enough to join us for tea, coffee and pikelets with home made apple jelly and cream.

Paintings by Becky, Nicki and Claire with sculpture by Kiri far right.
Sculpture by Carol, jewellery by Susan, ceramics by Jane and prints by Marion
Prints by Marion and Kiri's 'hottie' covers on display
Sculpture by Kiri

February 12, 2014

Hellcats - the show

Salon des Femmes debut show at the Dowling St Studios featured artists - 
Anna Smythe, Becs Cameron, Claire Peters, Kiri Mitchell, Kirsty Warman, 
Marion Wassenaar, Nicki Gilmore, Susan Videler