From December of 2001 to April of 2003,
I had the honor and privelege to be the first Artist in Residence
in a little town named Gore, waaaay down near the chilly very
bottomest of NZ's South Island.
Gore, which is also known as the Brown
Trout capital of the world (!), is located smack dab in between
Dunedin (pron. dun-EE-din) and Invercargill (well, they say in-vah-KAH-g'll,
but I can't say it at all!). They even have a 15 foot sculpture
of the Brown Trout right in the middle of town (see left)!
Since Gore is so close to the South Pole,
it was pretty chilly for this tropical gal - I wore my wooly
red jacket 90% of the time - even when everyone teased me mercilessly
in the midst of summer!
You can see why when I was used to weather
like this >>>
Gore may be a small town, but it's by no
means unimportant. It serves the large surrounding area's sheep
and dairy farms, and is, as well, becoming a prominent factor
in the NZ art scene.
Here's the house my dear friend, Freda
and I shared.
She took me in and gave me shelter for
the entire time I was there - she was my personal angel!
Cool house no? It burned down a year after
I left - bummer.
Jim Geddes, the Director of the Eastern
Southland Historic Museum, and the Eastern Southland Art Gallery,
asked me if I'd like to initiate the first classes and have a
studio at an old church that they wanted to convert into an Art
Centre (note that they still use the archaic spelling - ). Would
I? You bet!
So for a bit over a year, I taught painting
and drawing, creative writing and other classes - as well as
being able to use the room as my own studio.
See the room that sticks out to the far
right? There it is! Many fine budding and experienced artists
passed through that door in those months. I was proud and thrilled
to have the opportunity to teach and work there.
Below are a few shots of my house,
garden, and favorite beaches.
I also served as a counsellor/Life
Coach, and taught EFT (see EFTBooks.com)
and facilitated the sponsoring of other instructors coming to
Here's a little map of New Zealand. See
Gore way down near the bottom?
Yeow I had such a hard time with the cold!
When the wind blew and the sun was behind a cloud - man, forget
it! Like being sliced with ice!
The South Pole's only a couple thousand
miles away! I wore my big red jacket almost every day - even
sometimes during what they called summer!
This is part of my house.
I have two Japanese Tea-Hoouse-like structures,
and a little lanai where I paint. Very cozy and sweet.
It's backed up by a canal that goes right
down to the beach - all I have to do is plop a kayak into the
water and 11 minutes later I'm in the surf!
Lanikai Beach & Outriggers