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... a day at the market
ON EARNSLAW PARK
9am to 4pm
Local ArtistS • Live Music
Laurence Belcher lives in "paradise" and wants to
share it with others.
A professional photographer for 30 years
Laurence has recently launched Paradise Pictures
photographic tours. "My home is at the head of
Lake Wakatipu close to the aptly named Paradise.
It truly is paradise and my vision is to introduce
photographers to the many beautiful, majestic and
idyllic locations at the Head of the Lake which they
many not otherwise find."
Laurence is passionate about photography and
his professional training as a former chef enabled
him to channel his interests into food photography
and television. He has contributed to a number
of high profile books, and during his time with
Television New Zealand he directed many lifestyle
programmes including the successful 'Taste New
"I like to photograph a range of things including
landscapes, people, action and corporate events
and before my move to Queenstown I ran a series
of successful photographic workshops. In addition
to assisting photographers to get their cameras
out of automatic mode I'll provide artistic guidance
enabling them to capture stunning shots, providing
memories they can take home."
Paradise Pictures tours are half-day with pick-up
from Queenstown and Laurence is looking forward
to hosting Kiwi and overseas enthusiasts.
"Partners of photographers are also welcome
to join in as the tours are stylised to suit the
individuals. The locations we visit are simply
stunning, even without a camera people will
appreciate their outstanding scenic value."
Laurence makes it easy for people to enjoy the area
without wasting hours searching for the best spots.
"My goal is for every client to leave Queenstown
feeling they have genuinely experienced paradise!"
Queenstown's original market, the Creative
Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market, has focused on
profiling artists from around the South Island since its
Held every Saturday at Earnslaw Park, the range of
hand crafted artisan products has steadily expanded
over the years and today the market hosts a vibrant
and eclectic display of arts and crafts.
Co-ordinator Jasmine Clark says there are a number
of artists who are prepared to travel some distance to
display their work in Queenstown.
"We have people coming regularly from as far as
Nelson, Christchurch Dunedin and Invercargill and
joining in with our local artistic community so it makes
for a wonderfully eclectic array of products for sale."
"Every weekend we include some form of performing
arts and music in the park which makes for a very
lively and fun atmosphere that visitors and local
families really enjoy. It's very relaxing and friendly.
Earnslaw Park is beautifully located right on the
water's edge with the Remarkables in the background
and people love the setting." Artists pride themselves
on representing their own wares at the market which
allows people to meet and talk to the artists about
The range includes jewellery, photography, clothing,
pottery, soaps and balms, copper craft, carving,
metal sculptures, glass art, weaving, fabric painting,
woodcrafts and paintings. This summer there will be
extra Christmas and festive markets held on December
20, January 3, January 15, February 5 and February 21.
PARADISE PICTURES LAUNCHES
MARKET PROFILES SOUTH ISLAND ARTISTS
Queenstown artist Angus Watson has been a
professional artist for more than 25 years and his
upcoming exhibition from January 3-14 will have a
diverse range of work reflecting his varied interests
Angus is highly sought after for commissions and
holds exhibitions around New Zealand and his
annual January exhibition at his rural studio is
always eagerly anticipated.
"I have accumulated a big collection of new artwork
for the January 2014 exhibition. Having my own
exhibition gives people a chance to visit my studio
in its idyllic garden setting and see where my work
is created," he says. "Clients are always keen to
know what inspires specific paintings and I enjoy
meeting the cross section of people who visit."
His varied collection features nudes, landscapes,
boats, horses and figures.
His nudes are detailed tones of golds, reds and
silvers and his watercolours use bright, vibrant
colours. "I make a bold use of colour and my work
tends towards impressionist."
His latest calendar for 2014 is available and
represents a stunning mix of his favourite work.
Angus also sells a selection of prints and cards
from his studio.
Visit the studio in Littles Road Dalefield. No
appointment necessary. www.anguswatson.com
DIVERSE WORK HIGHLIGHTED IN SUMMER EXHIBITION
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