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…