Touring about Canvases

Queenstown artist Alice Blackley runs Art Adventures, a tour company that takes visitors about the resort town’s galleries and studios. The Washington Post’s Michael Kaminer joins in for a day out. “A short drive took us to a small, bright gallery just outside downtown Queenstown, where pop-goth canvases by Damien Hirst shared the walls with clover-shaped abstractions by Max Gimblett, a legendary New Zealand artist now based in New York. Nadene Milne Gallery, as I learned, is one of Hirst’s global representatives. The exhibit, tantalisingly titled ‘The Beauty and Brutality of Fact,’ provided my first glimpse of a Queenstown that rarely makes the radar of adventure-craving tourists – a happening, heterogeneous art scene that’s uniquely New Zealand in its blend of hip and homey.”


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What to Do in Cool Lil’ Wellington

What to Do in Cool Lil’ Wellington

Wellington is, “of course”, the more “Melbourne” of the North Island’s two largest cities, according to Pedestrian TV correspondent Chantelle Schmidt. Schmidt writes that Wellington is “art, vintage, bars and all-round…