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Caley Gallery Hopes to Repeat Success in Geraldine

Timaru Herald     18 August 2004

by Janie Stewart

Geraldine is getting a taste of world-class art at the new location of the Caley Art Gallery. Formerly based in Otira, the gallery predominantly displays and sells the work of Geraldine master artist and oil painter Peter Jean Caley, who has exhibited at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte in Florence with more than 800 other international artists.

The Otira gallery, which had 30,000 visitors in 2 years, became a tourist destination for overseas and New Zealand visitors seeking an insight into Maori culture. Peter Jean Caley and Tony Caley decided to move the gallery to Geraldine as they loved the area. Gallery co-owner and art director Tony Caley hoped the new gallery would attract a similar number of people in its new location. “People not only got a cultural experience, a lot had a spiritual experience” Tony Caley said.

Peter Jean Caley spent parts of his childhood in Geraldine, and his parents were married there. Of Kai Tahu descent, Peter Jean Caley’s passion for Maori culture is reflected in his series of Maori portraits which have been on display at Nga Hau E Wha Marae in Christchurch. None of the paintings in the series are for sale, despite an offer of $200,000 for ‘Lisa’, a portrait of a teenage girl. His work sells nationally and also to buyers in Europe and America, and he is quickly gaining an international reputation. He has accepted an invitation to exhibit in America next year, and his work will be shown in Texas, Arizona and New York. The new Caley Art Gallery opens officially on October 2, with a Maori opening ceremony performed by Arowhenua and Waihao maraes.

They plan to have Maori carving on both the inside and outside of the gallery, and will have several pieces of pounamu gifted to them for display. The public are invited to view the works on display and for sale at the gallery at 1pm, when wine and cheese will be provided. In the evening there will be an invitation only dinner for sponsors, buyers and guests, as a show of support and strength for the artist.

 

 

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