Starting a co-op gallery- New Leaf

It’s happening – nga tipu gallery in town is closing and the artists are invited to move their works to dreamspace, where we plan to start a co-op gallery called  New Leaf Gallery.

Today was my last day on the roster at nga tipu. .  Note the draft logo for New leaf. We will start setting up (and  preparing for the opening night) next week.

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Life, the Universe and Everything – a group

Well there are many other seemingly more pressing things to do, but thinking about your life, the Universe and Everything actually can change EVERYTHING 🙂 I’d love to see you a these meetings I hope to keep holding here at Dreamspace on Thursday evenings 7 pm…

https://www.eastlandtrader.co.nz/noticeboard/life-the-universe-and-everything.html

Here’s the text of the ad:

– Metaphysics/philosophy discussion group starting Thursday around 7pm at Dreamspace 61 Carnarvon St Gisborne. All welcome at least once! For free! I’ll introduce our Round Table in the Dreamspace Library for creative discussion of ANY topic, and then share my journey through Western philosophy (I’ve been ‘certified’! – MA in philosophy Auckland 1995) – and a bit of Eastern. Then I hope we can explore and have real ‘adventures of ideas’ together.

I put the Eastland Trader link on my Facebook too. Please share if you think it’s cool! Even if you don’t live in Gisborne… who knows, we could livestream it…?

A touchstone for Dreamspace

Yesterday a stone knapper friend of dreamspace dropped off two more adzes he made to add to our stone age display – and donated a pounamu stone for a wairua stone or touchstone for the gallery. I polished it today and shaped the chipped part so it now looks a bit like a bird… I see a hint of a whale too… Thanks Aneru!

The Blue Room and Being Here Now

At last! back in Gisborne after selling the Ark in Kaiwaka. Trying to be here now peacefully and without anxiety – surpisingly hard. Transitions! Worried about the world economy and wars and rumours of wars… Still, this building was permitted in 1917, when WWI was still raging and hope for a new era of peace must have been very low.  Ferrocementing jobs dragging on, but some progress in Dreamspace Gallery. There is now a dreamspace within the dreamspace – the Blue Room (or, Turquoise room). For quiet meditation, dreaming (of course) and inspiration. I did the windows in stained glass with tree cutout ply panels screwed on, and coloured glass pebbles and stained glass pieces siliconed on and with black silicone between them. I need to sit in this room in the Blue Chair and just be, and let the dreaming come to me again. And if you are passing, and we’re here, call in and dream here awhile too… and soon we must surely be ready to open officially…

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Renovations within – Dreamspace Gallery nearly there!

Some photos taken in the middle of life/work/play/agony and ecstasy in the big shed as I renovate and make the walls for the exhibition space. Visitors, well-wishers and helpers of all stripes invited! (And thanks to those who have already helped to make it even vaguely viable!) Also inquiries for studio spaces small or medium-sized for craftspeople or artists who love the vision of an Arts & Crafts revival.

The vise pictured is on an old bench with three vises I bought from a nice retired builder who said it’s from Cornwall he thinks, where his (and my) ancestors sailed from in 1860. I LOVE the quality and heavy blacksmith’s grace of this tool – it feels like a symbol of what we yearn for here. The old wooden floors also – nearly 100 year old rimu. To think that the building permit was applied for in 1917, while WWI was still raging! So there is ALWAYS hope for freedom, and peace to tend to good things and make good things. This is what our grandfathers fought and died for… I want to cherish it, and be worthy of them, as we continue the ancient struggle to manifest the Good and defeat the Bad…

Famous in Gisborne – if you read the Weekender

From the pecha kucha talk came this article, in the Gisborne Herald weekender supplement, 11/6/16. My phone has (not) been ringing red hot, but… the wizard’s word is out there! Glad we have got the place, so those who seek shall find… something! Yay! Some floor scrubbing, tidying and unpacking has begun. Electrickery to be switched on through the new fuseboard and cabling tomorrow, we hope! Then there’ll be no stopping us…

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Thanks to Natasha who bravely interviewed me and managed to make something coherent of it (and who let me see it and tweak before publication). And the photographer – a nice young man who came, smiled, arranged doglets and wizards, and left. Of course, there were one or two minor factual corrections; mainly that of course the pictured playhut is not a true hobbit haven, as it isn’t curved and is very little… Here’s a concept picture of a hobbit haven just to set the record straight. I need to build one ASAP!:

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The End of the beginning – keys are ours!

Well it happened yesterday, Tuesday 07 06 16. The owner signed and we paid a month and got the key. Owner is a good guy, an electrician who is now fixing the old wiring as promised! Raewyn and I both have colds, so I said  ‘Thag you very buch’ and left him to it. I copied one green one for me and a red for Raewyn. Lots to do now, on all levels! Cleaning, sourcing stuff, painting walls, signage, scrubbing floors, putting up display partitions, moving and setting up workshop and painting gear, planning, budgeting, celebrating, networking, enthusing, selling… thinking, meditating, praying! 🙂 A feeling of expansion and limitless possibilities – not something you get as often at 61 as at say 16! Not without overcoming a fair bit of fear and inertia… I wouldn’t go back, though, for the world!

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A first draft vision statement for Dreamspace Gallery

VISION STATEMENT 06 06 16

Dreamspace Gallery and Workshops,

61 Carnarvon St., Gisborne, New Zealand.

peter@eutopia.co.nz    Ph 022 332 6568

  • To dream, reason, articulate, and actually live, a vision of the ideal human as an individual and in society, evolving through the process phases of Love (openness to new input), Beauty (new ideas), Truth (logical evaluation of new ideas), and Freedom (action based on logical plans).
  • To do so with pride in the ideals of our Western culture as developed over the centuries to honour individual freedom and dignity, enterprise, nobility, beauty, justice, rationality and truth, and love. Millions of our ancestors died for these values…
  • To imagine, invent and lovingly make such items of beauty that reflect those ideals, particularly in the European Renaissance tradition, in the Arts and Crafts movement, and in the traditions imagined and enshrined in Tolkien’s Four Kindreds of Middle Earth.
  • These items to include ‘Hobbit havens’ – ‘tiny houses’ or curvaceous cabins in ferrocement lined with natural wood and plaster; and items and artefacts to go with said cabins, or with natural homes where beauty and natural materials are still held in honour.
  • Also, of course, to include ‘fine art’ – paintings and sculptures which reflect these ideals and the positive, noble, ‘romantic’ view of life.
  • To live in harmony with nature, sustainably  and healthily, avoiding toxic processes and products.
  • To do what we can to restore hope and faith in the high ideals of our civilisation and to counter the arguments of nihilism, cynicism, relativism and despair.
  • To communicate, inspire and teach these ideas, techniques and knowledge to all who seek them.
  • To offer the best things with the best quality at the best price we can, and rely on willing buyers of our goods and services to make ourselves and those we train solvent and profitable without subsidies from any authorities which force people to pay them taxes then distribute said taxes to gain votes. I.e., to sink or swim in a free market. (However, gifts of love, given willingly by those who can afford them, to support the cause will not be despised!)
  • To hold open a great space for the display of all the above, for the founder’s work and for others’ which is compatible with this vision
  • To encourage the use of this space for informal and formal discussions, meetings and cultural events which reflect the values herein described.