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THE QUEEN CITY OF THE NORTH.

A CHRISTCHURCH ARTIST'S VISIT.

Mr Menzies Gibb, the well-known Christchurch artist, who has just returned from a trip to Auckland, gave a representative of "The Press" some interesting information regarding the work he has done in the Northern city. Mr Gibb said that he had spent, over six months in Auckland, and devoted the first six weeks to painting harbour scenes. Amongst the shipping he found much good material and inspiration. In the winter months the atmosphere in Auckland is softer than it is in Canterbury, and consequently is more favourable to the artist. 'Auckland city, as 6een from the North Shore in the early morning, when the smoke is rising straight up, and the wharves and harbour are alive with steamers and with picturesque scows, is very reminiscent of similar scenes in the Homo Land. Mr Gibb then travelled to the West Coast via the Waitakerei ranges, spending two months at Kari Kari, a favourite weekend resort in the summer months, where snrf-bathing is greatly enjoyed. Mr Gibb describes Kari Kari as "a perfect little Paradise." From the hillsides fine grey rocks jut out, there are tranquil streams shaded here and there by picturesque pohutakawa trees, and a fine water-fall and some rapids. Here Mr Gibb painted the large oil-colour that was purchased for tho Auckland Public' Art Gallery. Returning to Auckland, Mr Gibb painted a Targe canvas picturing the view looking down, the valley from Khyber Pass. This takes in the Graf-* ton bridge, a, portion of the harbour, and of the North Shore, with the bold volcanic peak of Itangitoto in the distance. It.. is., a- •: comprehensive . and typical Auckland •• scene.. This picture is at present being exhibited in Leech- Gallery/"in Shorthand street, Auckland. It,was intended for the Exhibition, but as there Has been no ade-

quate provision made for showing the work of New Zealand artists, Mr Oibb did not forward it. He expressed the opinion that the management of the Exhibition made a big mistake in not providing a gallery for the works, of colonial artists. He "heard _ complaints from many of the publio. in this connexion. There are some good landscape painter» in Auckland, and Goldie, of whom Aucklanders are justly proud, is not represented at'-be Exhibition. Referring to "the collection in the Attckland Pnblic Art Gallery, Mr .Gibb said that it contains plctares by. some of the best English and Scot___ artists,' and, notably, a £ne>x__i_)le of Frank Brandy'a work, pauite&?-ai:*_is■■ best < period. Before Gibb held an exhibition /__.*__». work at Leech's Gallery, in selling a number. the -Morth Shore was p_rc__sed f_c toproduction, and is to—' __i f s printed 4 . in England. :-' **€__ite_burv has a of its own during the su-S^^-O^t^/'" 1 said Mr Gtbb m conda_o-&Vlw-- , I have come back and w__f'j&-wVpffltDfa^.

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THE QUEEN CITY OF THE NORTH., Press, Volume XLIX, Issue 14859, 27 December 1913

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THE QUEEN CITY OF THE NORTH. Press, Volume XLIX, Issue 14859, 27 December 1913

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